Databases A to Z



The Central Arkansas Library System makes a number of research databases available for use in the library. Registered library card holders may also use many of these databases from home. Unless otherwise noted, please use your library card number to gain access to these databases. Databases with no link to click on may only be used in the library.

If you need assistance using these databases or finding information, please call 918-3000 or email refdesk@cals.lib.ar.us

  • Academic Search Elite (Ebscohost) – This database provides fulltext articles from over 2,000 scholarly journals, many peer-reviewed, and covers virtually every area of academic study.
  • African American Experience – A collection that taps a tremendous variety of sources to aid in understanding African American history and its relation to greater U.S. history.
  • African-American Heritage – A resource exclusively devoted to African American family history research. Includes such records as draft cards from World Wars I and II, the Freedman's Bank, and the US Census, as well as help finding other information sources.
  • African-American History Online (Facts on File) – Provides information on more than 500 years of African-American history.
  • American Indian Experience – An online collection featuring reference content, hundreds of primary documents, and thousands of images, spanning from pre-contact to the colonial era into the 21st century, and from the Inuit of Alaska to the Seminole of Florida.

The American Physical Society (APS) publishes journals that embody the society’s mission to advance the knowledge of physics. These online journals are available to CALS patrons inside the library.

  • Physical Review Letters – brief important papers, all topics in physics.
  • Physical Review A – atomic, molecular, and optical physics.
  • Physical Review B – condensed matter and materials physics.
  • Physical Review C – nuclear physics.
  • Physical Review D – particles, fields, gravitation and cosmology.
  • Physical Review E – statistical, nonlinear, and soft matter physics.
  • Reviews of Modern Physics – in-depth articles, all topics in physics.
  • Physical Review Special Topics – Accelerators and Beams.
  • Physical Review Special Topics – Physics Education Research
  • PROLA, the Physical Review Online Archive – archive of APS journals back to 1893.
  • Ancestry Library Edition – Includes census, church, court and immigration records, as well as historical maps and many other genealogy resources, from the United States, United Kingdom, Canada and other areas. Available at all CALS libraries.
  • AR BookFinder – The complete list of over 100,000 Accelerated Reader titles.
  • Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (Newsbank) – Search the full-text of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette from 1994-present.
  • Biography in Context – Provides biographical information on more than 500,000 people, using reference materials, magazine articles, audio, and video files, as well as other resources.
  • Black Women in America – provides expanded coverage of the achievements and contributions of African American women.
  • Bookflix – An online literacy resource that pairs classic video storybooks from Weston Woods with related nonfiction eBooks from Scholastic to build a love of reading and learning. Intended for use by PreK to 3rd grade students.
  • Booklist Online – Book reviews published in Booklist Magazine from 1992 through the present If you wish to print or email from this database, please make sure your computer security is set to allow pop-ups.
  • Business Source Elite (Ebscohost) – Provides full text articles from more than 1,100 scholarly business journals.
  • Career Cruising – An online guide students and adults offering tools for self assessment, career exploration, post secondary education planning, work search, and portfolio development.
  • ChiltonLibrary (Gale Infotrac) – Includes repair and maintenance information for many popular vehicles.
  • Civil War Newspapers – A collection of historical newspapers containing extensive local and national coverage of American culture, politics, and society from the Antebellum through the Reconstruction periods. Available at all CALS libraries.
  • Consumer Health Complete (EBSCOhost) – search and browse within medical encyclopedias, popular reference books, and magazine articles for easily understandable health and medical information.
  • Consumer Reports (EBSCOhost) – Find ratings and reviews on products from household goods to electronics to cars with this free access to ConsumerReports.org
  • CultureGrams (ProQuest) – Provides concise, reliable, and up-to-date cultural information on the countries of the world and delivers an insider's perspective on daily life and culture, including the history, customs, and lifestyles of the world's people.
  • Dear Reader Book News – Users can select from 21 monthly book recommendations newsletters and 50 award lists all with direct links into the CALS catalog. Subscribe via email, RSS feed, or view everything on CALS's BookNews page.
  • Dictionary of American Family Names
  • Digital Sanborn Maps – The Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps for the state of Arkansas. Covers the years 1867-1970; not all years are available for all locations. (Please call 918-3000 for login and password.)
  • Dissertation & Theses – The database represents the work of authors from over 1,000 North American graduate schools and European universities and includes citations for masters and doctoral dissertations from 1637 to those accepted as recently as last semester. Some full text accompanies the abstracts, or copies may be requested through interlibrary loan.
  • Encyclopedia of African American History, 1619-1895 – Documents the African American experience from the arrival of the first slave ship to the death of Frederick Douglass-and shows how American culture, history, and national identity have been influenced by the experience of African Americans.
  • Encyclopedia of African American History, 1896 to the Present – Traces the transition from the Reconstruction Era to the age of Jim Crow, the Harlem Renaissance, the Civil Rights Movement, up to and including the 2008 election of Barack Obama as the 44th President of the United States.
  • Encyclopedia of Arkansas History & Culture – A free, authoritative source of information about the rich history, geography, and culture of Arkansas. The Encyclopedia contains more than 6,000 entries and pieces of media related to Arkansas with new material being added weekly.
  • Encyclopedia of the Middle Ages
  • The Encyclopedia of the Enlightenment
  • ERIC (Ebscohost) – The Educational Resource Information Center, with digests, citations and abstracts from almost 1,000 education-related journals.
  • Ferguson's Career Guidance Center – Provides detailed information on more than 3,300 careers in 94 different industries and allows you to polish your interviewing and job skills, find sample cover letters and resumes, and research scholarships, schools, internships and more.
  • Fold3 (formerly Footnote.com) – A collection of over 60 million pages of historical documents and personal histories, including millions of records available from the National Archives and other institutions. Please note: certain features of Fold3 require the use of an Adobe Flash plugin unavailable on some mobile and tablet browsers.
  • Foundation Directory Online – A database of foundations that make funding available to nonprofit organizations. Available only in the Reference Department at the Main Library.
  • Foundation Grants to Individuals Online – A database of foundations that make funding available to individuals in the form of scholarships, fellowships, grants, awards and other financial support. Available only in the Reference Department at the Main Library.
  • Foundation Center’s Philanthropy In/Sight ® – In/Sight ® combines the Foundation Center’s rich data on grantmakers and their grants with familiar Google maps. Users can quickly create maps that reveal patterns of giving and funding relationships or overlay grant data with their choice of over 150 demographic, socio-economic, and other data sets.
  • Funk & Wagnalls New World Encyclopedia (Ebscohost) – A general encyclopedia that covers a variety of subject areas.
  • Gale Discovering Collection – A database of information from Gale Group print publications on topics such as history, literature, geography and cultures, and science.
  • Gale PowerSearch – Search Multiple Gale databases at once, including Gale Virtual Reference Library and Gale Discovering.
  • Gale Virtual Reference Library – Gale Virtual Reference Library is a database of encyclopedias and specialized reference sources for multidisciplinary research. These reference materials once were available only in the library, but now you can access them online from the library or remotely 24/7.
  • The Grove Encyclopedia of Classical Art and Architecture
  • The Grove Encyclopedia of Decorative Arts
  • Health Source: Consumer Edition (Ebscohost) – This database provides consumer health information on many health topics including medical sciences, nutrition, childcare, sports medicine and general health.
  • Health Source: Nursing/Academic Edition (Ebscohost) – A database with fulltext from many scholarly journals and indexing from many journals.
  • Heritage Quest (Proquest) – Includes searchable images of U.S. Federal Census records, digitized family and local history books, an index to genealogical and local history periodicals, and other genealogy resources.
  • Index Arkansas – an index to articles and other information published in county history journals as well as selected statewide magazines, newspapers and books. Check the CALS catalog to see which of the titles are available at CALS and submit an Interlibrary Loan request if the title is not available at CALS.
  • International Encyclopedia of Dance
  • International Encyclopedia of Linguistics
  • Kids Search (Ebscohost) – Articles and other reference materials for students in grades K-5.
  • Latino American Experience – Explores the rich heritage and current culture of Mexicans, Puerto Ricans, Guatemalans, Cubans, Dominicans, Colombians, Ecuadorians, and other Hispanic cultures in the United States.
  • LearningExpressLibrary.com (Learnatest) – An interactive database with practice tests and tutorials for many standardized academic and licensing tests, such as the GED, SAT, Nursing, Real Estate, etc. Access: Sign in as new user and create personal account using your library card number as your user name.
  • Legal Collection (Ebscohost) – A database of full text articles from scholarly law journals.
  • Literature Criticism Online – The complete collections of Contemporary Literary Criticism, Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism, and Nineteenth-Century Literature Criticism in one easily searchable resource.
  • Literature Resource Center (Gale Infotrac) – Includes biographies, bibliographies and critical analyses of more than 120,000 authors from hundreds of sources including Gale Group print publications and scholarly journals.
  • Litfinder – An index to poetry, short stories, essays, speeches and plays, many in full text.
  • Mango – Learn a new language with this interactive database that provides step by step lessons for over 30 foreign languages, as well as English as a Second Language (ESL) lessons for speakers of more than a dozen languages such as Spanish, French, and Chinese.
  • Marquis Biographies Online – features comprehensive profiles on over 1.4 million individuals from all fields of endeavor including: government, business, science and technology, the arts, entertainment, and sports.
  • MAS Ultra-School Edition (Ebscohost) – Provides fulltext articles from hundreds of popular magazines, as well as pamphlets, reference books, biographies, primary source documents and images, all intended for high school students.
  • Masterfile Premier (Ebscohost) – A general periodicals database with full text information from more than 2,050 publications including magazines, reference books, primary source documents and images.
  • MEDLINE (Ebscohost) – provides authoritative medical information on medicine, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, the health care system, pre-clinical sciences, and much more. MEDLINE was created by the National Library of Medicine and searches citations from over 4,800 current biomedical journals.
  • Middle Search Plus (Ebscohost) – A database of fulltext magazines, biographies, primary source documents and images, all intended for middle school and junior high students.
  • Morningstar Investment Research Center – Provides up-to-date information on 35,000 stocks and funds, as well as analysis and industry and market data. Please note: username=centralar; password=[first 5 digits of your library card number]
  • Newspaper Source (Ebscohost) – A database with selected articles from about 30 national and international newspapers, as well as some regional newspapers, and television and radio transcripts. Some articles from The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette October 2000 through September 2002 are indexed.
  • NextReads – Are you looking for a few good books to read? Sign up for our e-newsletters and get great book suggestions by email. We'll deliver reading lists right to your inbox along with new gems, bestsellers, and related titles. You'll also be able to check immediately whether the items are available at your local Library or whether they've been checked out.
  • Novelist Plus – (Ebscohost) – Includes subject headings, reviews, summaries and more for over 135,000 fiction titles. Use Novelist to find other books by a favorite author, or similar books to a title you've already read.
  • Novelist Plus K-8 – (Ebscohost) – Includes information on many titles popular with students in grades K-8, arranged by instructional unit, theme or topic. Teachers can find appropriate fiction to complement classroom instruction.
  • Primary Search (Ebscohost) – A database of fulltext magazines intended for elementary school students.
  • Professional Development Collection (Ebscohost) – A database of fulltext journal articles of interest to professional educators.
  • ProQuest Digital Microfilm – View the microfilm editions of the New York Times – Late Edition (East Coast) and the Wall Street Journal – Eastern Edition on your computer. Coverage runs from 2008-present.
  • Reference USA –Includes directory listings for over 12 million businesses and 120 million households in the United States.
  • Regional Business News (Ebscohost) – Provides indexing and some fulltext from regional business publications. Arkansas Business is indexed from July 1996 through May 2001.
  • Science Online (Facts on File) – Provides printable diagrams and illustrations, as well as more than 1,100 science experiments, thousands of biographies, definitions and essays on major topics and issues in science and technology.
  • SIRS Researcher (SIRS) – Provides fulltext articles on topics such as aging, the environment, substance abuse, and many other social issues.
  • Something About the Author Online – The complete run of Gale's Something About the Author reference set, including thousands of illustrated biographical profiles of children's authors and illustrators.
  • Student Research Center (Ebscohost) – Articles, primary source documents and other reference materials for researchers in grades 6-12.
  • TOPICsearch (Ebscohost) – Provides information about current events which are likely to be discussed in the classroom. Includes more than 1,000 fulltext periodicals.
  • World Almanac for Kids – Provides resources for homework, reports, and projects in a fun format designed for younger students.
  • WorldCat – Search the collections of libraries in this community and around the country to find books, music, movies, etc.
  • The World News Digest (Facts on File) – Provides an archival record of domestic and international news, covering major political, social, and economic events since November 1940.

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