Databases A-Z

Off-campus access to these resources is available to current Simpson students, faculty & staff.  Here are instructions on using Discovery off-campus.

What is the difference between a scholarly journal and a popular journal?  The Identifying Popular Magazines, Scholarly Journals and Trade Publications is a great handout to explain the purpose of specific journals.

Run into a security warning?  Here are instructions on how to by-pass the database security warnings.

Many library databases have mobile access.  The list of available emobile databases is a work in progress. If you have any questions about database mobile access, contact the librarians.

Databases listed with * are included in a Discovery search. Databases without * can be searched directly.


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ACS Chemistry Journals* Full-text of over 30 American Chemical Society journals.

Academic OneFile* Premier source for peer-reviewed, full-text articles from the world’s leading journals and reference sources. Extensive coverage of the physical sciences, technology, medicine, social sciences, the arts, theology, literature and other subjects.

Academic Search Elite* Premier scholarly database offering information in nearly every area of academic study. Citations and full-text articles available.

American Antiquarian Society (AAS) Historical Periodicals  Serials holdings of one of the American Antiquarian Society.

  • Series 1: Over 500 titles from 1691 through 1820
  • Series 2: Over 1000 titles dating from 1821 through 1837
  • Series 3: Over 1,800 titles dating from 1838 through 1852
  • Series 4: Over 1,100 titles dating from 1853 through 1865
  • Series 5: Over 2,500 titles dating from 1866 through 1877

American Physiological Society Legacy Journals (APS) Backfiles of the journals of the American Physiological Society. Content goes back to the first issue of each of the APS journals. These include American Journal of Physiology (1898-1997) and Journal of Applied Physiology (1948-1996).

ARTstor* Digital library with over 400,000 images covering art, architecture and archeology with descriptive information as well as software tools to support research uses. Initial acquisition and first year access provided by a gift from Leroy and Mary Joyce [Baker] Pickett, class of 1962.

ATLA Religion* Provides index citations on topics such as biblical studies, world religions, church history, and religion in social issues.

BioOne.1* Full-text of over 80 bioscience research journals as well as some abstracts.

Britannica Academic* More than 72,000 encyclopedia articles on all subjects. Includes maps, timelines and years in review.

Business Source Elite* Comprehensive database including scholarly journals and business periodicals covering topics such as accounting, economics, management, and marketing. Business Source Elite is provided in part by the Eberhart Library Resources Endowment Fund, a gift from Mrs. E. Kingman (Lola) Eberhart.

Chemical Abstracts This comprehensive chemistry citation database can be searched via the STN Easy interface.

CHOICE Reviews Book orders can be made through CHOICE Reviews or CHOICE book order cards sent out by the library.

Chilton Library Provides car repair information including: maintenance and specification tables; step-by-step service and repair procedures; vacuum diagrams; wiring diagrams; photographs and images for visual support, and A.S.E. test prep quizzes. The most complete coverage is from 1987-on.

Communication & Mass Media Complete* Provides the most robust, quality research solution in areas related to communication and mass media.

Credo Reference Academic Core* Combines authoritative reference content with a one-stop exploratory search platform.

Des Moines Register Complete full-text content of local and regional news, available from 1999 to present. Dunn Library has a microfische index July 1975 – Dec 1986.  DSM Public Library has an online index to the DMR (1986-) and other Des Moines newspapers.

EBSCOhost* Search multiple databases (together or separately) to access periodicals, newspapers and reference tools, including full-text and peer reviewed. Contains specialized databases for mass communication, health and education.

eBook Academic Collection* Simpson College has access to some, but not all, of these books.  Need help with downloading an eBook from the collection?  Searching and downloading eBooks from the eBook academic collection.  Searching and downloading eBooks from the discovery system.

Educator’s Reference Complete – Comprehensive collection of periodicals and reference content supporting the education field.

ERIC from EBSCOhost – Easy to use search for a comprehensive collection of periodicals and reference content from the government-created ERIC database, supporting the education field.

Films on Demand Master Academic Collection* Includes videos from Films for the Humanities and Sciences, Cambridge Educational, Meridian Education, and Shopware. Provides unlimited, instant access to programs in Humanities & Social Sciences, Business & Economics, Science & Mathematics, Health & Medicine and Archival Films & Newsreels. These videos can be used for classroom teaching, research, presentations and educational multimedia projects as well links from course management systems. Check out the Films on Demand research guide for more information.

FirstSearch Multiple databases providing citations to articles on a variety of subjects. Databases include MEDLINE, ERIC, ArticleFirst, GPO Monthly catalog, and WorldCat.

First Research First Research creates up-to-date industry reports covering more than 300 business sectors and highlight industry trends and business issues. State profiles (summaries of economic and business issues) are available as well.

GALE databases Wide variety of specialized databases from GALE.

General OneFile General-interest periodical resource, reference, newspaper, and audio content, magazines and journals

Google Books Vast collection of digitized books, many full-text online.

Google Scholar Provides a simple way to broadly search for scholarly literature, searching across many disciplines and sources: articles, theses, books, abstracts and court opinions, from academic publishers, professional societies, online repositories, universities and other web sites. Google Scholar helps you find relevant work across the world of scholarly research. Want to search for materials in Dunn Library? A guide to setting up Google Scholar for Dunn Library is available.

Informe Académico A comprehensive collection of Publications supporting the most-studied disciplines in Latin America.

IPA Music Source Library of International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) transcriptions and literal translations of opera arias and art song texts.

JSTOR* Arts & Sciences I, II & III and Music Collections include the complete back runs of many journals in a variety of disciplines, including economics, history, music, political science, and sociology. Includes a selection of titles in the fields of archaeology, arts, classics, cultural studies, ecology, literature, mathematics, music, and statistics.

LearningExpress Library Access is through State Library of Iowa–Each Learning Centers offers the practice tests, exercises, skill-building courses, eBooks, and information you need to achieve the results you want—at school, at work, or in life.

Life Magazine Archive* Life Magazine Archive presents an extensive collection of the famed photojournalism magazine, spanning its very first issue in November, 1936 through December, 2000 in a comprehensive cover-to-cover format.

Literature Resource Center* Access biographies, bibliographies, and critical analyses of more than 120,000 authors from every age and literary discipline. Contains Contemporary Authors, Dictionary of Literary Biography and MLA. Provided in part by the Garst Endowed Fund for Library Acquisitions, an estate gift from Stephen Garst, Simpson College trustee.  LitFinder is a complimentary databases that provides access to the full text of thousands of poems and short stories.

MEDLINE* To search for articles on use physical education and athletic training use MEDLINE from FirstSearch. Includes thousands of citation records with substantial abstracts.

MLA* International in scope, it is the premiere tool for researchers in the humanities, particularly in literature, language, and linguistics, providing more than 1.6 million bibliographic citations from 1963 to the present.

Naxos Music Library The world´s largest online/streaming classical music library. Along with classical music, jazz, world, and pop/rock are also represented. Limited to 5 simultaneous users.

New York Times Historical Indexing, including fulltext and images from 1851 through 2012. More current issues of the NYT are located via US Newstream.

Nexis Uni (formerly LexisNexis Academic) provides access to more than 17,000 news, business and legal sources from LexisNexis. Nexis Uni has three primary collections: 1) full-text access to thousands of news sources in the U.S. and abroad back to the 1970s; 2) aggregated economic data on businesses, corporations, and industries in the U.S. and abroad; 3) full-text legal documents, including U.S. Federal and State court cases, and law reviews from the late 18th century to present.

Oxford English Dictionary (OED) “The ultimate authority on the English language as well as a history of English speech and thought from its infancy to the present day”. It is a unique source of scholarly information on the meaning, history and pronunciation of words both past and present.

Oxford Music Online Oxford Music Online includes Grove Music Online, The Oxford Companion to Music, and The Oxford Dictionary of Music. Articles from specialist dictionaries such as The New Grove Dictionary of Opera and The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz Start a search in the search box in the upper right corner. Sign In in the left column under Simpson College is to access “personal accounts” and does need to be activated to use Oxford Music Online.


PowerSearch Cross-search periodicals from Academic OneFile and General OneFile and other Gale databases.

Project MUSE* Project MUSE – Basic College collection is a unique collaboration providing full-text, affordable and user-friendly online access to 192 humanities, arts, and social sciences journals.

PsycINFO From the APA, the source for applied psychology, developmental psychology, and personality. PsycINFO is an index, with links to PsycARTICLES.

PsycARTICLES From the APA, the source for applied psychology, developmental psychology, and personality. PsycARTICLES is full-text.

PUBMED* – Public access to MEDLINE citations from the mid 1960’s.  Available from the government. A guide to using PubMed for Dunn Library is available.

RefWorks* Innovative web-based research management, writing and collaboration tool.  Create bibliographies from electronic databases such as EBSCOhost.   Using legacy RefWorks? For additional help, try the RefWorks LibGuide.

SAGE Journals* Focus is on Criminology and Orthopaedics, with full-text articles and abstracts.

ScienceDirect* Focus is broad coverage on the health and life sciences, with full-text articles and abstracts.

Statistical Abstract of the United States A comprehensive summary of statistics on the social, political, and economic organization of the United States with 1400+ individually indexed tables (with attached spreadsheets), both searchable and browsable.

Transparent Language A new way to learn a language! Set up an account using your Simpson email and start discovering a variety of languages.

US Newsstream Search the most recent premium U.S. news content, including archives back into the 1980s. Featuring newspapers, newswires, blogs, and news sites in active full-text format.

ValueLine Business and financial information on over 3000 major U.S. corporations. Guide to understand ValueLine.

Wall Street Journal Online full-text index of a leading financial newspaper. Contains articles from 1984 to yesterday.

Wiley Online Library* Features over 1,000 journals, major reference works, online books, Current Protocols laboratory manuals, and databases as well as a suite of professional and management resources.

WorldCat Discovery For comprehensive searching by keyword, author, title, or subject, for books or other materials in U.S. or world libraries. Use this Discovery database for Interlibrary Loans (ILL).