Databases by Title
Below is a list of all databases available from Skyline College Library, with brief descriptions included.
Databases identified with an * require a PLS library card bar code number to access from off-campus.
To view lists of databases by subject, see the pull-down menus under the Search Articles tab.
To link to databases from on-campus when the proxyserver is not working, click here.
The database publisher is listed in parentheses after each database title.
Academic Search Premier (EBSCO) *
Full-text articles from leading journals. Coverage is multi-disciplinary and includes full text for more than 3,700 peer-reviewed titles; searchable cited references are provided for more than 1,000 titles. Updated daily. 1975 -
AHFS Consumer Medication Information (EBSCO) *
Patient drug information, available in both English and Spanish. Published by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, AHFS includes more than a thousand drug information monographs written in lay language for consumers and has been a Top Ten Award Winner in the Department of Health and Human Services National Consumer Education Materials Contest. This content is updated monthly
America: History & Life with Full Text (EBSCO) *
Covers the history and culture of the United States and Canada, from prehistory to the present. America: History & Life with Full Text also provides full-text coverage of more than 200 journals and nearly 100 books.
A digital library of nearly one million images in the areas of art, architecture, the humanities, and social sciences with a set of tools to view, present, and manage images for research and pedagogical purposes.
ASM Microbiology Journals (ASM)
The American Society for Microbiology provides a free database of articles from its 10 journals (listed below), including full text from January 1998 to the present and abstracts only from January 1992 to December 1997. (How to use the ASM journals database.)
BBiography In Context (Gale) *
Biographies and related full-text articles from hundreds of magazines and newspapers, as well as tens of thousands of images and links to websites. Search for people-- both current and historic from all eras and fields-- based on name, occupation, nationality, ethnicity, birth/death dates and places, or gender, as well as keyword and full text.
Biology Journals (ProQuest) *
Full-text biology-related journal articles.
BioMed Central (publicly accessible)
Over 200 open access (free) journals covering all areas of Biology and Medicine. Registration required.
BIR Entertainment (EBSCO) *
Comprehensive database that provides information on about 450,000 music titles and 200,000 DVD/video titles, with more being added regularly. With BIR, your patrons can find music or videos featuring a favorite artist or performer, or a specific genre.
Book Index with Reviews (EBSCO) *
Comprehensive database that provides information on over 5 million book titles, in a wide range of formats. BIR also contains almost 800,000 full-text searchable book reviews from the sources that you trust: Library Journal, School Library Journal, Publishers Weekly, Booklist and others.
Business Insights: Global (Gale) *
A unique source for international business intelligence offering the most comprehensive and convenient way to find case studies, in-depth statistical data coupled with deep research, and the ability to compare global economies, countries and industries.
Business Source Elite (EBSCO) *
This business database provides full text for over 1,000 business publications, dating back to 1985. More than 10,100 substantial company profiles from Datamonitor are also included. Updated daily.
Community Information Program (CIP) Database (Peninsula Library System)
The CIP database contains information on health and human service agencies serving San Mateo County residents. Specifically, these are nonprofit and public (government) agencies that provide direct services to the public. Other organizations in the database include hobby clubs, political organizations, social, service, and fraternal groups, and environmental organizations serving San Mateo County.
Consumer Health Complete (EBSCO) *
A comprehensive resource for consumer-oriented health content. It is designed to support patients' information needs and foster an overall understanding of health-related topics. Consumer Health Complete provides content covering all areas of health and wellness from mainstream medicine to the many perspectives of complementary, holistic and integrated medicine. In addition, Consumer Health Complete includes the Clinical Reference System and the Lexi-PAL Drug Guide, which provides access to up-to-date, concise and clinically relevant drug monographs. The database is updated on a weekly basis
Country Watch (Country Watch) *
Provides geographical, political, economic, corporate and environmental information for every country in the world.
CQ Researcher (CQ Press)*
In-depth, authoritative reports on a full range of political and social-policy issues extending back to 1923.
Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) (publicly accessible)
This service covers free, full text, quality controlled scientific and scholarly journals. All subjects and languages are covered. There are currently over 2448 journals in the directory. Currently 717 journals are searchable at article level.
E-book Collection (EBSCO) *
Full-text of more than 100,000 e-books.
ERIC - Education Resources Information Center (EBSCO) *
Provides access to education journal articles and resources. The database contains more than 1.3 million records and provides access to information from journals included in the Current Index of Journals in Education and Resources in Education Index, dating back to 1966.
Ethnic Newswatch (ProQuest) *
News, culture and history from the newspapers, magazines and journals of the ethnic, minority and native press. 1991-present: English and Spanish language.
European Views of the Americas: 1493 to 1750 (EBSCO) *
Index of more than 32,000 entries for printed records about the Americas written in Europe before 1750, created from "European Americana: A Chronological Guide to Works Printed In Europe Relating to The Americas, 1493-1750."
Funk & Wagnalls New World Encyclopedia (EBSCO) *
Over 25,000 encyclopedic entries covering a variety of subject areas
Gale Powersearch (Gale) *
Search multiple databases, including: Biography In Context; ; Gale Virtual Reference Library; ; ; ; Opposing Viewpoints in Context; Science in Context; Student Resources In Context; U.S. History in Context; World History in Context. More info.
Gale Virtual Reference Library (Gale) *
database of encyclopedias and specialized reference sources for multidisciplinary research. These reference materials once were accessible only in the library, but now you can access them online from the library or remotely
24/7. Because each library creates its own eBook collection, the content you see may vary if you use the database at different libraries (your school, your public library, or your office).
General OneFile (Gale) *
A one-stop source for news and periodical articles on a wide range of topics: business, computers, current events, economics, education, environmental issues, health care, hobbies, humanities, law, literature and art, politics, science, social science, sports, technology, and many general interest topics. Millions of full-text articles, many with images. Updated daily.
GreenFILE (EBSCO) *
Offers well-researched information covering all aspects of human impact to the environment. Its collection of scholarly, government and general-interest titles includes content on global warming, green building, pollution, sustainable agriculture, renewable energy, recycling, and more. 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: Nursing/Academic Edition (EBSCO) *
Providing nearly 550 scholarly full text journals focusing on many medical disciplines. Includes the Lexi-PAL Drug Guide, which covers 1,300 generic drug patient education sheets with more than 4,700 brand names.
Health Source: Consumer Edition (EBSCO) *
Providing information on many health topics including the medical sciences, food sciences and nutrition, childcare, sports medicine and general health. Access to nearly 80 full text, consumer health magazines.
Historical New York Times (ProQuest) *
Searchable full text articles from the New York Times from 1851 to 2009.
HighWire Press (publicly accessible)
"A division of the Stanford University Libraries, HighWire Press hosts the largest repository of high impact, peer-reviewed content, with 1742 journals and over 7 million full text articles from over 130 scholarly publishers. HighWire-hosted publishers have collectively made over 2 million articles free." 1995-
JAMA Online *
Journal of the American Medical Association (full-text through Skyline College Library subscription)
JSTOR - Scholarly journals archives
Back issues of important academic journals, including many historical journals (no current issues) going back to 1838. Excellent for in-depth academic journal articles on all historical topics except: recent history and articles published within the last 3 – 5 years. The complete JSTOR database is made up of numerous "collections". Skyline college Library subscribes to the following JSTOR collections:
- Arts & Sciences I Collection - core journals in economics, history, political science, and sociology, & more humanities and social sciences
- Arts & Sciences II Collection - adds depth to many disciplines introduced in Arts & Sciences I
- Arts & Sciences V Collection - includes state historical journals, literary reviews and a variety of arts & humanities journals
- Arts & Sciences VII Collection - eclectic range of disciplines in the arts, humanities, and social sciences
- Arts & Sciences VIII Collection - core humanities disciplines including history, language & literature, art & art history, and education
Kids InfoBits (Gale) *
Database developed especially for beginning researchers in Kindergarten through Grade 5. Featuring a developmentally appropriate, visually graphic interface, the most popular search method is moving from a broad subject to a narrower topic using the subject-based topic tree. The curriculum-related, age appropriate, full-text content is from the best elementary reference sources and magazines. This database covers geography, current events, the arts, science, health, people, government, history, sports and more.
Learning Express Library
Learning Express Library's Learning Centers offer 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. Looking to land a job? You'll find an entire Learning Center dedicated to helping you get the one that's right for you.
Lexis Nexis Academic Universe
Full-text articles from a wide range of newspapers from around the world (including the New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times and the Guardian of London) plus business & other publications.
Library, Information Science & Technology Abstracts (EBSCO) *
Subject coverage includes librarianship, classification, cataloging, bibliometrics, online information retrieval, information management and more. mid-1960s-
Literature Resource Center (Gale) *
Up-to-date biographical information, overviews, full-text literary criticism and reviews on nearly 130,000 writers in all disciplines, from all time periods and from around the world.
MasterFILE Premier (EBSCO) *
Multidisciplinary database providing full text for nearly 1,700 general reference publications, 164,400 primary source documents, as well as an Image Collection of over 460,000 photos, maps & flags. 1975-
MAS Ultra - School Edition (EBSCO) *
Containing full text for nearly 500 popular, high school magazines, more than 360 full text reference books, 85,670 biographies, 105,786 primary source documents, and an Image Collection of over 460,000 photos, maps & flags, color PDFs and expanded full text backfiles (back to 1975) for key magazines.
MEDLINE (EBSCO) *
Providing authoritative medical information on medicine, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, the health care system, pre-clinical sciences, and more.
Military & Government Collection (EBSCO) *
Current news pertaining to all branches of the military and government; offers a thorough collection of periodicals, academic journals, and other content.
National Geographic Virtual Library (Gale) *
Complete archive of National Geographic magazine — every page of every issue from 1888 to the present — along with a cross-searchable collection of National Geographic books, maps, images and videos. More info.
Newspaper Source Plus (EBSCO) *
860 full-text newspapers, providing more than 35 million full-text articles. In addition, the database features more than 857,000 television and radio news transcripts.
New York Times Article Archive (publicly accessible)
The complete backfile of The New York Times can now be searched from NYTimes.com, over 13 million articles in all. Articles in the public domain are free. 1851+
Use the Historical New York Times for free access to the full-text of all articles from 1851 through 2009.
Opposing Viewpoints In Context (Gale) *
Features viewpoint articles, topic overviews, full-text magazine, academic journal, and newspaper articles, primary source documents, statistics, images and podcasts, and links to Websites.
Primary Search (EBSCO) *
Full text for more than 70 popular magazines for elementary school research. Articles are assigned a reading level (Lexile) indicator. 1990-
Professional Development Collection (EBSCO) *
Designed for professional educators; highly specialized collection of nearly 520 education journals, including more than 350 peer-reviewed titles and more than 200 educational reports.
Psychology and Behavioral Sciences Collection (EBSCO) *
Providing information concerning topics in emotional and behavioral characteristics, psychiatry & psychology, mental processes, anthropology, and observational & experimental methods; offering full text coverage for nearly 560 journals.
PubMed (publicly accessible)
The most extensive medical journal database available, including mostly abstracts (summaries) of medical journal articles from 1966 to the present. Publicly accessible from the US National Library of Medicine and National Institutes of Health. (How to use the PubMed database.)
PubMed Central (publicly accessible)
Archive of free full-text biomedical and life sciences journal articles at the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH), developed and managed by NIH's National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) in the National Library of Medicine (NLM)
Regional Business News (EBSCO) *
Full text coverage of more than 80 regional business publications covering all metropolitan and rural areas within the United States.
Religion and Philosophy Collection (EBSCO) *
Extensive coverage of topics such as world religions, major denominations, biblical studies, religious history, epistemology, political philosophy, philosophy of language, moral philosophy and the history of philosophy; offers nearly 300 full text journals, including more than 250 peer-reviewed titles.
Science (journal) (American Association for the Advancement of Science)*
One of the leading journals of original scientific research, global news, and commentary.
Science in Context (Gale) *
Contextual information on hundreds of today's most significant science topics, merges Gale's authoritative reference content with full-text magazines, academic journals, news articles, experiments, images, videos, audio
files and links to vetted websites organized into a user-friendly portal experience.
SFGate (publicly accessible)
San Francisco Chronicle staff-written articles. Full text. 1995+
Student Resources in Context (Gale) *
Provides holistic topic perspectives by integrating a multitude of content, including reference articles from acclaimed publications like American Decades; periodical and newspaper articles from the New York Times, USA Today, and many others; primary sources; Multimedia records, including charts, graphs, maps and tables; video and audio content from NBC, NPR and many other respected sources
World Factbook (publicly accessible)
Country reports provided by the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency. Updated every two weeks.