Research Databases

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Complete A-Z list of databases. Look in the database title and description for the resource that fits your research question, then click on that database's name to access articles and information.

NameScholarly Content?Description

Academic Search Premier

Academic Search Premiere (Mobile Site)

Scholarly: includes original research articles from scholarly/academic journals. Select the 'scholarly/peer-reviewed' filter to retrieve scholarly articles only.

This comprehensive, multidisciplinary database provides access to articles from thousands of journals, magazines, and other periodical sources in the arts, humanities, social sciences, and medicine. Full text articles are available as well as abstracts (article summaries for older or brand-new articles) which may be available in full text via external links or interlibrary loan from the HFU library.

Applied Science & Technology Full Text

Scholarly content.

This database includes articles on engineering, computer technology, energy, fire prevention, physics, and many more. Full-text articles available from 1997, with abstracts dating back to 1983


Art Full Text

Scholarly content.

This database includes articles on art, art history, design, craft, cinematography and other related topics. Full-text articles from 1995, with abstracts dating back to 1984.

Biological and Agricultural Index Full Text

Scholarly content.

Full text articles from scholarly and technical periodicals in biology, biochemistry, agriculture, and food science topics. Full-text coverage from 1997 to the present, abstracts beginning in 1983.

Business Full Text

Some scholarly content, but predominantly high-quality articles from professional and popular magazines in the business field.

Journals and magazine articles in business and industry. Full-text coverage from 1995 to the present, with absracts from 1982,

Business Premiere

Scholarly content.

This database includes current and back-issues from 1,500 management, marketing, finance, and business administration trade and scholarly journals. You can also search more than 10,000 company profiles, market research reports, and SWOT analyses.

CINAHL Plus with Full Text

Scholarly and professional content.

CINAHL includes articles and abstracts from the leading nursing and allied health journals in the United States and around the world, dating from 1982 to the present. Includes full-text articles from 337 nursing journals and links to full text articles where available in other Holy Family library journal subscriptions.

The Cochrane Library 


The Cochrane Library is a collection of databases containing quality information to assist healthcare professionals in making evidence-based decisions. Reviews and protocols, healthcare trials, technology assessments, and economic evaluations are included.

Counseling and Therapy in Video


This online collection covers the following subject areas: psychotherapy, psychology, psychiatric counseling, and social work. The collection currently includes 331 videos along with the Video Journal of Counseling and Therapy, and is searchable by therapy types, therapists, presentation type, and by subject.

Credo Reference


With more than 300 dictionaries, encyclopedias, and reference books available through a single search, this is a great first step for any research project.

Dissertations & Theses


ProQuest Dissertations and Theses is the world's most comprehensive collection of dissertations and theses. It includes 2.7 million searchable citations to dissertation and theses from around the world. Full text is available for most dissertations published after 1997 and for many older works. Search for full text Open-Access dissertations at this site: PQ Open Dissertations

eBooks on Ebscohost 

Includes books written by scholarly authors and available through academic publishers.

This collection of ebooks covers a diverse array of topics, including business, natural and health sciences, humanities, education, psychology, criminal justice, and information science.

Education Source *New in 2014*

Scholarly content.

Authoritative collection of education journals covering all levels, interests, and specialties. Includes almost 2,000 journals in full-text and abstracts from thousands more.

Education Full Text

Scholarly content.

References journal articles and books related to education. Provides indexing from 1983 and selected full text articles dating from 1996 forward.

Education Research Complete

Scholarly content.

This is the largest and most complete collection of full-text education journals available. Topics include all levels of education (early childhood through higher education), all educational specialties, curriculum instruction, administration, policy, funding, and related social issues. This database provides full-text articles for over 1,400 education journals and abstracts for over 2,300 education journals. Full-text is also available for over 550 education books, numerous conference papers, and other sources.

Educational Administration Abstracts

Scholarly content.

Covers topics such as educational leadership, educational management, educational research, and other subject areas related to educational administration. Includes over 190,000 abstracts from education journals with coverage dating back to 1966. Despite the title, this database does include full text articles and links to full text in other library subscriptions.


Scholarly content.

This comprehensive database offers abstracts of journal articles, conferences, reports and more. Covers all fields of educational research from 1966 to the present. ERIC contains more than 1.3 million records and links to more than 323,000 full-text documents.

Family Studies Abstracts

Scholarly content.

Descriptions of articles from key academic journals in marriage, divorce, family therapy and other related topics. Includes full text where available in other library subscriptions.

FAITS: Faulkner's Advisory for IT Studies


Provides technical reports and standards, market information, news, and tutorials for the information technology industry. Topics include IT infrastructure, wireless communications, networking, security, telecommunications, enterprise systems, and the Internet.

Faulkner's Security Management Practices


Technical reports on all aspects of IT and enterprise security. Reports are published monthly on topics in network security, hacking, legal and regulatory issues. Site includes full access to previously published reports and email notifications for new publications.

General Science Full Text

Scholarly content.

Journal and magazine articles in biology, chemistry, earth science, health, math, physics and related fields, with full-text articles from 1995 to present and article descriptions back to 1984. 

Google Scholar with Full-Text


Google search restricted to academic and government resources, with links to full-text articles in Holy Family University databases where available.



Business reports, news, and financial information on companies, industries, and executives for top US companies. Non-scholarly articles written by analysts, experts, and professionals.

Humanities Full Text


Journal articles in art, history, literature, music, and religion, with full-text available from 1995 to the present, and article descriptions back to 1984.

In the First Person


Index of historical personal narratives, oral histories, diaries, and correspondence. Many of these primary sources are linked to from the database, particularly veterans' history, slave narratives, and Civil Rights era resources.

Issues & Controversies


Topical database on current issues, presenting opposing points of view.

Journal Locator


Search for electronic journals available at Holy Family University. Use the "Search" feature to search for journals by subject. If the journal is available online, the service provides a list of databases where it can be found, a link to the journal, and the dates for which it is available. It does not index individual articles within journals..

Journal of Visualized Experiments


The Journal of Visualized Experiments (JoVE) is a PubMed-indexed video journal dedicated to teaching laboratory fundamentals through simple, easy to understand video demonstrations. The University subscribes to JoVE Science Education Database which includes the following modules: GENERAL LABORATORY TECHNIQUES (videos exhibit how to use standard pieces of laboratory equipment essential in many experiments, as well as how to perform basic laboratory functions); BASIC METHODS IN CELLULAR AND MOLECULAR BIOLOGY (videos demonstrate how to execute basic techniques commonly used in cellular and molecular biology); MODEL ORGANISMS I (videos feature three model organisms commonly used in life sciences research: S. cerevisiae (yeast), D. melanogaster (the fruit fly), and C. elegans (nematode roundworm)); and, MODEL ORGANISMS II (videos feature three vertebrate species commonly used in life sciences research: M. musculus (laboratory mouse), G. g. domesticus (chick), and D. rerio (zebrafish)).


Scholarly content.

Provides full-text of journals in education, social sciences, sciences, and humanities. No current journals, only those 2-5 years old or older.

MEDLINE with Full Text

Scholarly and professional content.

MEDLINE with Full Text is the world's most comprehensive source of full text for medical journals, providing full text for more than 1,450 of the 4,800+ journals indexed. Subjects include nursing, radiology and radiography, general medicine, the healthcare system, and more. Citations and abstracts are covered back to 1949, full text back to 1965.

Newspaper Source Plus


Provides cover-to-cover full text for 149 national and international newspapers, including U.S.A. Today and The Times (U.K.). Also includes selective full text for 410 U.S. newspapers, including The Philadelphia Inquirer and The New York Times, along with full-text television and radio news transcripts.


Some scholarly content.

OmniFile searches through all of the databases the library subscribes to from Wilson. Use OmniFile for interdisciplinary searches or when you are not sure which database to choose.

Ovid Nursing Full Text Plus

Scholarly and professional content.

Ovid Nursing Full Text Plus provides full-text access to 33 research journals and 12 practitioner-oriented journals in the field of nursing, along with bibliographic records from over 400 other nursing journals. Full text articles date from 1995 to the present; article descriptions back to 1950.


Scholarly content.

Contains links to the full text of articles from journals published by American Psychological Association and its affiliates, from 1990 to the present. 


Scholarly content.

Contains over 25,000 chapters in PDF from over 1,600 books published by APA and other distinguished publishers, plus the exclusive electronic release of more than 1,500 authored entries from the APA/Oxford University Press Encyclopedia of Psychology.


Scholarly content.

Articles, book chapters, dissertations and reports of psychology literature in over 1,500 journals, from 1887 to the present.


Scholarly content.

Journals indexed in PubMed are selected for quality and significance by the National Library of Medicine, and include scholarly/research journals as well as other sources dating back to the 1950s.
*NOTE: This link now requires an HFU login, and offers links to full-text articles in other databases. Click on the University logo where displayed to connect to full-text articles.

Race Relations Abstracts

Scholarly content.

Descriptions of articles from key academic journals in discrimination, immigration, ethnic studies, and other related topics. Includes full text where available in other library subscriptions.

Reader's Guide Full Text


Articles from general interest, popular magazines with full text articles from 1994 to the present.

SAGE Premier

Scholarly content.

Provides full text from 1999 through the present from hundreds of leading peer-reviewed journals. SAGE journals cover business, humanities, social science, criminology, science, technology and medicine. For a complete list of titles, click here.

Social Sciences Full Text

Scholarly content.

Articles concerning all aspects of the social sciences, including: psychology, sociology, social work, criminology, addiction studies, family studies, anthropology and related fields. Full text articles from 1995 to the present..

Something About the Author


Something About the Author (SATA) features biographical essays about thousands of children's book authors and illustrators. Each essay includes personal biographical data, addresses, career, awards and honors, works, sidelights (essay on the author's life and works), adaptations, additional sources, and more.


Provides original, up-close profiles of authors and illustrators, audio excerpts of book readings, guides to thousands of titles and a wealth of resources on children's and young adult literature.

Violence and Abuse Abstracts

Scholarly content.

Descriptions of articles from key academic journals in family and domestic violence, sexual and emotional abuse, and other related topics. Includes full text where available in other library subscriptions.



WorldCat searches the collections of thousands of libraries around the world. Use it to find books published on a topic which you can order through interlibrary loan, or to find out if another local library has a copy of a book you need.


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