Off-campus access to these resources is available to current Simpson students, faculty & staff. Check our Off-campus Access page for more information.
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 the encore CatalogPlus search. Databases without * can be searched directly.
ACS Chemistry Journals* Full-text of over 30 American Chemical Society journals.
Academic Search Complete* Premier scholarly database offering information in nearly every area of academic study. Citations and full-text articles available.
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.
Business Source Premier* Comprehensive database including scholarly journals and business periodicals covering topics such as accounting, economics, management, and marketing. Business Source Premier is provided in part by the Eberhart Library Resources Endowment Fund, a gift from Mrs. E. Kingman (Lola) Eberhart.
CHOICE Reviews Online Book orders can be made through CHOICE Reviews Online or CHOICE book order cards sent out by the library.
Classical Music Online* Supports the teaching and research of classical music with coverage of all major genres and time periods, including music tracks and scores. You can also search Classical Music Library and Classical Scores Library separately.
Communication & Mass Media Complete* Provides the most robust, quality research solution in areas related to communication and mass media.
Des Moines Register Complete full-text content of local and regional news, available from 1999 to present. UNI Library has a online index of DMR from September 1965 to June 1976. Dunn Library has a paper 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 encore. Searching and downloading eBooks from the eBook academic collection.
Encyclopaedia Britannica* More than 72,000 encyclopedia articles on all subjects. Includes maps, timelines and years in review.
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, and GPO Monthly catalog.
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.
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.
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 Collections include the complete back runs of 394 core journals in many disciplines, including economics, history, political science, and sociology, as well as in other key fields in the humanities and social sciences. Includes a selection of titles in the fields of archaeology, arts, classics, cultural studies, ecology, literature, mathematics, and statistics.
Journals A-Z Search for a specific journal title, or browse journals alphabetically or by database. Links connect to online full-text.
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.
LexisNexis Academic Comprehensive research database providing full-text access to various databases, including current news, business information, Hoover’s company records, company directories, federal and state laws, legal cases, medical and references.
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.
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.
National Newspapers Core Single source for coverage of the nation’s leading newspapers: The Christian Science Monitor, The Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post.
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.
Philosopher’s Index Online* Considered the most thorough index of journal literature on the subject, the Philosopher’s Index contains research published since 1940 and includes more than 500,000 records collected from over 1,500 journal titles published in 139 countries and 37 languages. Coverage includes all fields of philosophy.
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/PsycARTICLES* From the APA, the source for applied psychology, developmental psychology, and personality. PsycINFO is an index, while PsycARTICLES is full-text. Search Linked Full Text to search entire EBSCOhost database. Check out these YouTube videos on searching the PsycInfo databases.
RefWorks* Innovative web-based research management, writing and collaboration tool. Create bibliographies from electronic databases such as EBSCOhost. 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.
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 For comprehensive searching, by author, title, or subject, for books or other materials in U.S. or world libraries, use this FirstSearch database.
WorldCat Dissertations All dissertations, theses and published material based on theses cataloged by OCLC members, including all subjects.