Library Databases

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Academic Search Complete (EBSCOhost) KYVL

Comprehensive scholarly, multi-disciplinary full-text database, with more than 8,500 full-text periodicals, including over 7,300 peer-reviewed journals, and a total of more than 13,200 publications including monographs, reports, conference proceedings, etc. PDF content from as far back as 1887.

African American Newspapers 1827-1998 (Readex)

Offers researchers primary sources for various disciplines such as cultural, literary and social history, ethnic studies, and more. Users can compare and contrast African American views on practically every major theme of the American past.

Agricola (EBSCOhost) KYVL

Contains bibliographic records from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Agricultural Library. Coverage dates back to 1970 and includes more than 4.8 million citations of journal articles, monographs, theses, patents, audiovisual materials, and technical reports related to agriculture.

Alt-Press Watch (ProQuest) KYVL

A multi-disciplinary resource for researchers seeking an alternative to mainstream media perspectives. Features over 670,000 full-text articles from more than 230 independent publications, providing access to regional, rural, and metropolitan perspectives on local, national, and international issues.

Ancestry Library Edition (ProQuest) KYVL

Delivers billions of records from sources like censuses, vital records, immigration records, family histories, military records, court and legal documents, directories, photos, maps, and more. Learn about individuals from North America, the United Kingdom, Europe, Australia, and more.

APA PsycInfo (EBSCOhost) KYVL

The American Psychological Association’s resource for abstracts of scholarly journal articles, book chapters, books, and dissertations in behavioral science and mental health. It contains records and summaries dating as far back as the 1600s.

Audio Drama: the L.A. Theatre Works Collection

More than 300 dramatic works in streaming audio from the curated archive of the L.A. Theatre Works. The plays – including significant dramatic literature of the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries – are performed by leading actors from around the world and recorded specifically for online listening.

Britannica Academic KYVL

Combines Encyclopædia Britannica and Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary, plus journals and periodicals, e-books, images, and video.

Business Source Premier (EBSCOhost) KYVL

Provides full text for more than 2,300 journals, including more than 1,100 peer-reviewed titles, in all disciplines of business, including marketing, management, MIS, POM, accounting, finance and economics. Full text dates back to 1886 and searchable cited references back to 1998. Updated daily.

Career & Technical Education (ProQuest) KYVL

Designed for both students and instructors. Provides vocational information, including more than 500 titles in full text for quick access to research on virtually any technical topic.

CINAHL with Full Text (EBSCOhost) KYVL

Provides full text for more than 610 nursing and allied health journals indexed in CINAHL® including many of the most used journals in the index - with no embargo. Full-text coverage dates back to 1981.

Consumer Health Complete (EBSCO) KYVL

Provides consumer-oriented information covering all key areas of health and wellness, from mainstream medicine to the many perspectives of complementary and holistic medicine.

Directory of Open Access Journals

The DOAJ aims to increase the visibility and ease of use of open access scientific and scholarly journals, thereby promoting their increased usage and impact. It aims to be comprehensive and cover all open access scientific and scholarly journals that use a quality control system to guarantee the content.

eBook Academic Collection (EBSCOhost) KYVL

A subscription collection containing over 200,000 multidisciplinary e-book titles representing a broad range of academic subjects. Provides relevant information to support research needs across the academic spectrum.

eBook Collection (EBSCOhost)

Nearly 20,000 e-books, covering a wide range of subjects, from the library’s permanent collection. Includes titles from the former NetLibrary.


Access the library’s EBSCOhost databases through a single interface.


The Education Resource Information Center provides access to more than 323,000 full-text documents dating back to 1966, including journal articles, research reports, curriculum and teaching guides, conference papers, dissertations and theses, and books.

Funk & Wagnalls New World Encyclopedia (EBSCOhost) KYVL

Provides over 25,000 encyclopedic entries covering a variety of subject areas.

Gale in Context: Opposing Viewpoints KYVL

This cross-curricular resource includes informed, differing views to help learners develop critical-thinking skills and draw their own conclusions. Contains over 20,000 pro/con viewpoints, approximately 19,000 reference articles, interactive maps, infographics, video, audio, and more.

Gale Virtual Reference Library

Provides online access to encyclopedias and specialized reference sources in e-book format for a variety of subjects, including the social sciences, technology, business, science, education, and more.


The Federal Digital System provides free online access to official publications from all three branches of the Federal Government.


Provides researchers with a comprehensive database of funding opportunities across all disciplines, a worldwide sponsor directory, and additional sources of pre-solicitations and funded awards. There are also other useful options such as funding alerts and grant recommendations based on areas of research interests that faculty, staff, and students can sign up for. Kentucky State University has a subscription to GrantForward through March 2024. Please use this link to create your account: If you need assistance with creating your account or using GrantForward, please contact the Office of Grants and Sponsored Programs.


Includes scholarly, government, and general-interest titles with well-researched information covering all aspects of human impact to the environment. Provides indexing and abstracts for more than 384,000 records, as well as open access full text for more than 4,700 records.

Health Source: Consumer Edition (EBSCOhost) KYVL

Provides information on many health topics, with access to nearly 80 full-text, consumer health magazines.

Health Source: Nursing/Academic Edition (EBSCOhost)

Provides nearly 550 scholarly, full-text journals focusing on many medical disciplines. Also features the AHFS Consumer Medication Information, which covers 1,300 generic drug patient education sheets with more than 4,700 brand names.

Journal Finder

An integrated search interface that enables you to determine if your library provides electronic access to a specific journal title or owns a print copy.


Includes journal archive collections in a wide variety of academic subject areas, plus e-books, images, and more.

Kentucky Digital Library

Contains unique historical materials related to Kentucky history and culture held by special collections and archives throughout the state, including archival finding aids, photographs, sound recordings, diaries, letters, and more.

Kentucky Virtual Library (KYVL)

Core resources provided in partnership with KYVL member institutions, including colleges and universities, public libraries, schools, and special libraries across Kentucky. KSU users can contact Blazer Library for assistance.

LearningExpress Library

Features online tutorials, practice tests, and e-books. Offers job search and workplace skills improvement, in addition to skill building in reading, writing, math, and basic science. Test prep is available for a number of exams, including the GRE, GMAT, LSAT, and more.

LexisNexis Academic – See entry for Nexis Uni

Library, Information Science & Technology Abstracts (EBSCOhost) KYVL

Indexing for more than 560 core journals, nearly 50 priority journals, and nearly 125 selective journals in aspects of library science. Coverage in the database extends back as far as the mid-1960s.

Literary Reference Center Plus  (EBSCOhost)

Full-text database with information from major respected reference works, books, and literary journals, as well as original content. Content includes plot summaries, literary criticism, author biographies, book reviews, classic and contemporary poems and short stories, and classic novels.

MAS Ultra-School Edition (EBSCOhost) KYVL

Provides full text for nearly 500 popular magazines, over 360 reference books, 85,670 biographies, over 107,000 primary source documents, an Image Collection of over 510,000 items, and expanded full text backfiles for key magazines. Designed for high school libraries.

MasterFILE Premier (EBSCOhost) KYVL

Provides full text for nearly 1,700 periodicals, covering virtually every subject area of general interest. Also contains nearly 500 reference books and over 164,400 primary source documents, as well as an Image Collection of over 592,000 items. Designed for public libraries.


Provides authoritative medical information for related fields. Created by the National Library of Medicine, the database uses MeSH (Medical Subject Headings) indexing with tree, tree hierarchy, subheadings, and explosion capabilities to search citations from over 5,400 current biomedical journals.

Middle Search Plus (EBSCOhost) KYVL

Provides full text for more than 140 popular, middle school magazines. All articles included in the database are assigned a reading level indicator (Lexiles). Full text is also available for thousands of biographies and historical essays.

Military & Government Collection (EBSCOhost)

Designed to offer current news pertaining to all branches of the military and government, this database provides full text for nearly 300 journals and periodicals and indexing and abstracts for more than 400 titles.

Naxos Music Library

An online classical music library currently offering streaming access to more than 153,000 CDs with more than 2,375,000 tracks, standard and specialist repertoire. Over 800 new CDs are added to the library every month. Blazer Library’s subscription allows three simultaneous users in this database. Before exiting your session, please log out so that others may access the database. Sessions will automatically log out after 45 minutes of inactivity.

Naxos Music Library Jazz

Offers a wide range of jazz music, from jazz legends to contemporary jazz. Recordings of over 32,000 artists are represented. Over 20,150 albums are available with more added weekly. Blazer Library’s subscription allows two simultaneous users in this database. Please log out before exiting your session.

Newspaper Source (EBSCOhost) KYVL

Provides cover-to-cover full text for hundreds of national (U.S.), international and regional newspapers. In addition, it offers television and radio news transcripts from major networks.

Nexis Uni (formerly LexisNexis Academic)

Features more than 17,000 news, business, and legal sources—including U.S. Supreme Court decisions dating back to 1790. Personalization features include alerts, saved searches, and a collaborative workspace with shared folders and annotated documents.

Notable Kentucky African Americans Database

Offers information about African Americans in and from Kentucky. The NKAA is a free online collection of entries about people, places, events, and communities, headquartered at the University of Kentucky. Suggestions for new entries are welcome.


An electronic readers’ advisory resource that assists fiction readers in finding new titles and authors. Searches can be filtered by genre, theme, reading level, or other aspects.

OCLC WorldCat (FirstSearch) via KYVL

OCLC WorldCat database is the OCLC online catalog. It contains over 43 million records describing library holdings, including all the records cataloged by OCLC member libraries. It is the world's most comprehensive bibliography. WorldCat covers information on materials created earlier than 1000 B.C. It contains records from more than 50,000 libraries all over the world.

OpenDissertations (EBSCOhost) KYVL

Records for more than 1.2 million electronic theses and dissertations from around the world.

Opposing Viewpoints (Gale) - See entry for Gale in Context: Opposing Viewpoints

Primary Search (EBSCOhost) KYVL

Provides full text for more than 70 popular magazines for elementary school research. All full-text articles included in the database are assigned a reading level indicator (Lexiles).

Professional Development Collection (EBSCOhost)

Designed for professional educators, this database provides a highly specialized collection of nearly 520 high quality education journals, including more than 350 peer-reviewed titles. Also contains more than 200 educational reports.

ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global

Comprehensive collection of full-text dissertations and theses. As the official digital dissertations archive for the Library of Congress and as the database of record for graduate research, PQDTGlobal includes millions of searchable citations to dissertations and theses from 1861 to the present day together with over a million full-text dissertations that are available for download in PDF format. Over 2.1 million titles are available for purchase as printed copies. The database offers full text for most of the dissertations added since 1997 and strong retrospective full-text coverage for older graduate works.

Psychology and Behavioral Sciences Collection (EBSCOhost) KYVL

Comprehensive database covering information concerning topics in emotional and behavioral characteristics, psychiatry & psychology, mental processes, anthropology, and observational & experimental methods. Offers full-text coverage for nearly 400 journals.

PsycINFO - See entry for APA PsycInfo

Regional Business News (EBSCOhost) KYVL

Provides comprehensive full-text coverage for regional business publications. Incorporates coverage of more than 80 regional business publications covering all metropolitan and rural areas within the United States.

Religion and Philosophy Collection (EBSCOhost)

Extensive coverage of such topics as world religions, major denominations, biblical studies, religious history, epistemology, political philosophy, philosophy of language, moral philosophy, and the history of philosophy, with more than 300 full-text journals.

ScienceDirect College Edition Health & Life Sciences

Full-text journals covering subject areas including biology, biochemistry, environmental sciences, nursing, and more.

Small Business Reference Center (EBSCO) KYVL

A comprehensive resource for small business owners and those interested in starting a business, offering full-text periodicals and reports, sample business plans, U.S. tax forms, videos and reference books. Offers support in all areas from planning, financing, and managing a business to exit strategies.

Social Work Reference Center (EBSCO)

A point-of-care reference tool designed to provide relevant clinical resources to social workers. Offers evidence-based disease and condition information written specifically for social workers, drug and reference information from AHFS, and continuing education modules.

Sociological Collection KYVL

Provides coverage of more than 500 full-text journals, with information in all areas of sociology, including social behavior, human tendencies, interaction, relationships, community development, culture, and social structure.

Teacher Reference Center (EBSCOhost) KYVL

Provides indexing and abstracts for 280 of the most popular teacher and administrator journals and magazines to assist professional educators.

TOPICsearch (EBSCOhost) KYVL

Contains full text for over 150,961 articles from 475 diverse sources including international and regional newspapers, periodicals, biographies, public opinion polls, book reviews, pamphlets, and government information.

University Press of Kentucky

Free access to more than 1,000 backlist titles from the University Press of Kentucky in subject areas such as Arts & Humanities, Business, Education, Social & Behavioral Studies, and Science, Technology, & Medicine. Please check the Access Type listed for each title—the KSU community can access titles that are available to “eligible users,” while some titles are restricted to the University of Kentucky community.

Note: Description provided for each database is based from the vendor’s site.