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 Starting Spring 2015, Off campus access to subscription databases will be validated through a campus server. Use the small box after each database entry for login. Use the same name (everything before the @) and password you do for "mystate" and "campus email" as you login.On campus access is STILL through the large title for each database.


Academic One File

(Gale) Multidisciplinary database containing full-text articles and citations to academic journals and popular publications. Includes New York Times from 1985. (powered by InfoTrac ®)                                                                                          
  off campus access


Academic Search Premier

(Ebsco) Multidisciplinary database provides full-text for more than 5,600 journals, including full-text for nearly 3,900 peer-reviewed titles. 
  off campus access



Contains the Catalog and index to the collections at the National Agricultural Library and primary public source agricultural information. Encompasses materials as far back as the 15th century.  
  free public database


Alt Health Watch

(Ebsco) Full-text articles with focus on complementary, holistic and integrated approaches to health care and wellness. Indexing and abstracts as far back as 1984, full-text back to 1990.
  off campus access


America's News

(NewsBank) "Search current and archived coverage of issues, events, people, government, sports and more with the largest collection of full-text U.S. newspapers. Includes staff-written articles, obituaries, editorials, announcements, real estate and other sections." Includes Charleston Daily Mail and Charleston Gazette from 1990's to current, as well as a number of other West Virginia Newspapers. 
  off campus access


American Chemical Society

Full-text articles from American Chemical Society journals, many from the start of publication to current. ACS is searchable from off-campus, but access to the full text of the article is only available from on-campus.
  off campus access



American Museum of Natural History Scientific Publications

The AMNH DSpace Digital Repository is a digital archive maintained by the Research Library for AMNH Scientific Publications and materials digitized by the Library. Open access. 
  free public database


Art Inventories

Inventories of American Painting and Sculpture Reference with over 400,000 works in public and private collections nationwide, and includes records from Save Outdoor Sculpture. Open access. 
  free public database


BioMed Central

Open access research journals published by BioMed Central. Some are not available full text.
  free public database


Business Source Elite

(Ebsco) Full-text for over 1,000 business publications dating back to 1985. Includes over 10,000 company profiles.
  off campus access

Site by the National Cancer Institute, proving information on numerous types of cancer. Open access. 
  free public database


Chemicals in the Environment

EPA has developed information summaries on selected chemicals to describe how you might be exposed to these chemicals, how exposure to them might affect you and the environment, what happens to them in the environment, who regulates them, and whom to contact for additional information. Open access. 
  free public database


Chemistry Central

Online open access chemistry journals.
  free public database



Communication & Mass Media Complete

(Ebsco) This database combines CommSearch and Mass Media Articles Index with other journals to index and abstract over 570 journals to selective coverage of almost 200 more, and full-text for over 450 journals in the communication and mass media field.
  off campus access


Consumer Health Complete

(Ebsco) Resource for consumer-oriented health content, it is designed to support the needs of patients, and to provide an overall understanding of health-related topics. 
  off campus access


CQ Researcher

Also available off campus. Reports and analysis on issues in the news, provides brief legislative histories. Provides coverage for topics on health, social trends, criminal justice, international affairs, education, the environment, technology, and the economy.  
  off campus access


Criminal Justice Periodicals

(ProQuest) Also available off campus. Database which includes over 50 full text sources, and indexes and abstracts over 200 titles. 
  off campus access



The Datapages database provides (archives and catalogs) full-text access to geological publications.
  offcampus access


Directory of Open Access Journals

Multidisciplinary collection of open access academic journals. Can search for journal titles or keyword search for articles. 
  free public database


EdITLib-Education & Information Digital Library

Open access peer-reviewed and published international journal articles and conference papers on the latest research developments and applications related to all aspects of educational technology and e-learning.
  free public database


Entrez, the Life Sciences Search Engine

National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) primary text search, which includes 40 literature and molecular databases. Open access.
  free public database



(Ebsco) Education Resource Information Center, contains over 1.3 million records and links to over 323,000 full-text documents dating back to 1966. Also available at http:/ 
  off campus access


EUR-Lex-Access to European Union Law

Free access to European Union law and other public documents. Collections include: Treaties, International Agreements, Legislation in Force, Preparatory Acts, Case-Law, Parliamentary Questions.
  free public access


European Views of the Americas 1493 to 1750

(Ebsco) Database contains over 32,000 entries and an index to printed records about the Americas written in Europe before 1750.
  off campus access


Funk & Wagnalls New World Encyclopedia

(Ebsco) Provides over 25,000 encyclopedic entries.
  off campus access



(Ebsco) Collection of scholarly, government and general-interest titles covering all aspects of human impact to the environment. Provides indexing and abstracts for over 384,000 records, as well as open access full text for more than 4,700 records. 
  off campus access


Health Source - Consumer Edition

(Ebsco) Provides access to nearly 80 full text, consumer health magazines. 
  off campus access


Health Source - Nursing/Academic Edition

(Ebsco) Full-text and abstracts for journals focusing on a variety of medical disciplines. Also includes Clinical Pharmacology, which provides access to clinically relevant drug monographs for US prescription drugs and supplements. 
  off campus access


Historic Newspapers

"Search America's historic newspaper pages from 1836 - 1922 or use the U.S. newspaper Directory to find information about American newspapers published between 1690 - present." 
  free public access


Homeland Security Digital Library

(FDLP) "..documents related to homeland security policy, strategy, and organizational material from a wide variety of sources including federal, state and local governments; international governments and institutions; nonprofit organizations and private entities." ON CAMPUS ONLY


Job & Career Accelerator

(WVLC) Database for job searching, will need to create a free username and password (same username and password used for Learning Express Library), access provided by the West Virginia Library Commission.
  access through WVLC


JSTOR - Early Journal Content

Articles covering various subject areas, full-text available prior to 1923 for US publications, and prior to 1879 worldwide. To ensure a full-text only result keep "Include only content I can access" selected.
  free public access to early journal content


Learning Express Library

(WVLC) Practice tests for standardized tests, for occupations, college entrance, and lessons for basic computer skills. Will need to create a free username and password (use same one as for Job & Career Accelerator). Access provided by the West Virginia Library Commission.
  access through WVLC



Library, Information Science & Tech Abstracts (LISTA)

(Ebsco) Abstracts for journals, books, research reports and proceedings for subjects including librarianship, cataloging, bibliometrics, online information retrieval, information management and more.
  off campus access


Master FILE Premier

(Ebsco) Multidisciplinary database including full-text periodicals covering general interest subject areas. Contains an image collection with photos, maps and flags.
  off campus access



(Ebsco) Provides citations to current biomedical journals in the fields of medicine, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, the health care system, pre-clinical sciences, and others.
  off campus access


MLA International Bibliography

(Gale) Detailed bibliography of journal articles, books and dissertations. Subjects include literature, language, linguistics, folklore, literary theory and criticism. MLA Directory of Periodicals  
  off campus access
available under this database's advanced search screen.



Newspaper Source

(Ebsco) Cover to cover and selective full-text for US and international papers. 
  off campus access


Photographic Archives Catalog

(Smithsonian American Art Museum) Contains over half a million photographs, negative and slides documenting American art from colonial to contemporary times (about 20% of collection is digitized). Notable collections: Peter A. Juley & Son Collection, Walter Rosenblum Collection, American Sculpture Photograph Study Collection, Library of Congress Copyright Deposit Collection. Open access. 
  free public database


Points of View Reference Center

(Ebsco) Designed to assist researchers in understanding the full scope of controversial subjects.
  off campus access


Pre-1877 Art Exhibition Catalogue Index

(Smithsonian American Art Museum) Contains 136,494 records describing fine art works exhibited in the United States and Canada up through 1876, includes artists of all nationalities who exhibited works from 1773 to 1877 including Old Masters. Open access.
  free public database


Primary Search

(Ebsco) Full-text for over 70 popular magazines for elementary school research.
  off campus access


PROLA - Physical Review Online Archive

American Physical Society's online archives for Physical Review Letters, Reviews of Modern Physics, and Physical Review A-E. Dates range from 1893-2007. Reviews of Modern Physics is a current subscription. Can search citations anywhere, full text available.
    off campus access



(ProQuest) From the American Psychological Association, a source of full-text, peer-reviewed scholarly and scientific articles in psychology.
  off campus access



Citations for biomedical literature MEDLINE, life science journals, and online books. May include links to full-text from PubMed Central and publisher web sites. Open access.
  free public database


PubMed Central

Full-text archive of biomedical and life sciences journal literature at the US National Institute of Health's National Library of Medicine (NIH/NLM). Open access.
  free public database


Regional Business News

(Ebsco) More than 80 regional business publications covering all metropolitan and rural areas within the United States.
  off campus access


Sci Finder

On Campus only; RESTRICTED to chemistry majors and faculty. Searches patents and Chemical literature. Contact reference librarian for access.


Science Direct

Full-text of biochemistry, genetics, and molecular biology journals. Change "source" to "subscribed journals" to search full-text only. Citations can be searched off-campus, full-text available ON CAMPUS ONLY. 



Statistical Abstracts of the US Online

(Proquest) "The ProQuest Statistical Abstract of the United States is the authoritative and comprehensive summary of statistics on the social, political, and economic conditions of the United States." Includes some data back to 1790's. Online version of the print Statistical Abstracts. Print annuals of prior years are located in Reference and on the First Tier (HA202 .A36).  
  off campus access




TOPIC Search

(Ebsco) Current events database, contains articles and citations on social, political and economic issues, scientific discoveries and other popular topics.
  off campus access



Periodicals' directory, provides bibliographic and publisher information on over 300,000 periodicals.



Journal Finder logo  (the icon/link at left) is a new database listing periodicals titles available at the library:

  • through the library's subscribed list of databases,
  • available publicly online and
  • titles physically available in the building (paper and microform).


The library's paper version of the Periodical Holdings List only contains titles physically held in the library (print and microform); it does not include titles from the databases. It is located on tables in the library Periodical Room.

If you have problems or need help please ask at the Reference Desk or contact one of the librarians.

SUBSCRIPTION and PURCHASED TITLES, accessed through Vendors:
                                                                                                                                                                       Available on campus. Off campus use, restricted to current students, faculty and staff. Use the "library" barcode on the back of your Campus ID as the password for subscription and purchased ebooks and electronic resources. If you need additional help - MAIN library phone number: 304-766-3116; reference desk: 304-766-3135.




E-book FAQ

The Drain-Jordan Library offers many ebooks (electronic books) that are available 24/7/365 days a year on or off-campus. the ebooks provide complete books in electronic format making them always available.



  1. What is an ebook?
    An ebook is a complete electronic version of a print book.
  2. When can I use an ebook?
    The ebook collection is available 24/7/365 days a year.
  3. How do I access ebooks off-campus?
    When it asks for an ID or login password, you will need to input the library barcode number located on the back of your student ID that starts with a "2".
  4. Are the ebooks downloadable?
    No, at this time ebooks cannot be downloaded. You connect and read them online. If you close the book or stop using it for about twenty minutes the ebook is checked back in. It is only checked out while you are using it. You can reopen the book any time it is not in use.
  5. How do a find an ebook on my subject?
    The largest collection of ebooks in the library is the Ebsco Ebook Collection (formerly NetLibrary). There are several ways to access them, but the easiest way to focus on a particular subject is through the library catalog with a keyword search. In the first field enter the term: netlib*, you can enter other terms in the following fields to narrow the search to your subject.
    You can also keyword search and display/sort the results with the most recent published titles first; most of this collection was published within the last decade+.
  6. Why didn't the ebook link in the catalog work?
    If you are off-campus the catalog url may not work due to vendor security. Recheck the catalog for the book's title and vendor, then access them through the ebook vendor's link using your library barcode number. Some ebook links are Federal Government Depository Library purls (permanent urls) that may display the book or just a description of the book.
  7. What if I need additional help?
    You may contact the library at 304-766-3116 or through the chat, text, or email services listed/linked on the Ask-A-Librarian page.




Allied Health



  • BioTech Life Sciences Resources and Reference Tools - biology and chemistry links and dictionary.
  • Agricola National Agricultura Library's database of citations to agricultural literature.
  • Information Bridge Over "200,00 full-text documents and bibliographic citations of [US] Department of Energy (DOE) research report literature. Documents are primarily from 1991 forward and were produced by DOE, the DOE contractor community, and/or DOE grantees."
  • The Living Skeleton: a Tour of Human Bones by Carolyn Csongrad, provided by Access Excellence@ the National Health Museum Resource Center.
  • NCBI coffee break collection of short reports on recent biological discoveries provided by the National Center for Biotechnology Informaton.



  • Information Bridge Over "200,00 full-text documents and bibliographic citations of [US] Department of Energy (DOE) research report literature. Documents are primarily from 1991 forward and were produced by DOE, the DOE contractor community, and/or DOE grantees."
  • Periodic Table from Lenntech, includes chemical properties, health effects and environmental effects.
  • Periodic Table on the Net provided by Mark Winter, University of Sheffield, England.


Criminal Justice




Environmental Safety

Health & Human Performance





Military Science

Modern Foreign Languages

Multicultural Studies


  • from AMG, a commercial site for media (music and movie) purchases. Site allows searching by artist, albums, songs, style, label. Results produce review, song/track list, album release dates, discography, format
  • BBC Four: Audio Interviews: Musicians Streaming audio of interviews with eight world-famous musicians: British composer Malcohm Arnold, conductor-performer Daniel Barenboim, Reggae legend Bob Marley, conductor-performer AndrĂ© Previn, violin virtuoso Yehudi Menuhin, British conductor Simon Rattle, and Indian sitar master Ravi Shankar. The interviews average about eight minutes and will take a few moments to start.
  • Red Hot Jazz Archive a history of Jazz before 1930 includes profiles of important jazz singers and musicians.


  • Open access to over 500,000 e-prints in physics, mathematics, computer science, quantitiative biology and statistics.
  • Handbook of Physics
  • Information Bridge Over "200,00 full-text documents and bibliographic citations of [US] Department of Energy (DOE) research report literature. Documents are primarily from 1991 forward and were produced by DOE, the DOE contractor community, and/or DOE grantees."

Political Science




Social Work



"Database Journal Articles" lists database/indexes available with a brief description to aid your search for journal/newspaper/magazine articles. Full-text and abstract articles only.
   Off campus access - choose the small box at the right end of each database to login with your campus mail name and password (remember not to enter the after your name).
   On campus select the database's title (big font) and you will go right into the database.

"Journals By Title" is used to locate specific journal/newspaper/magazine titles. Results will indicate if the library provides access and which years and formats are available.  After you select "Journals By Title", click on the "Journal Finder" icon, which takes you into Journal Finder.

"E-book Sets" links to electronic books purchased by the library or freely available.

"Research by Subject" links to web resources/databases listed by subject.

"Research Guides & Tutorials" provides information on how to use the databases, book catalog and other library resources.


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