Specialized Library Databases: Videos, Ebooks, and More!

Your go-to databases for finding scholarly journal articles, newspaper articles, and magazine articles will probably come from EBSCO, ProQuest, and Gale. But what about videos, ebooks, and other special resources? Finding these types of resources will require you to become familiar with specialized databases that your library might subscribe to. Below are charts categorized by resource type listing some of the more popular databases. Your library may subscribe to only a few of these databases or even other databases not listed here, so make sure to always check with a librarian about what resources are available to you.

LIBRARY DATABASES WITH VIDEOS TYPES OF VIDEOS
Films on Demand Mostly documentary and instructional
Academic Video Online Mostly documentary and instructional
Swank Popular movies
Kanopy Mostly documentary, with some popular arthouse films
Intelecom Mostly instructional

 

LIBRARY DATABASES WITH EBOOKS TYPES OF EBOOKS
Gale Ebooks Reference (such as subject-specific encyclopedias and dictionaries) and other non-fiction
EBSCO Ebooks Non-fiction and fiction
Ebook Central (ProQuest) Non-fiction and fiction
Salem Ebooks Reference

 

SPECIALIZED LIBRARY DATABASES TYPES OF RESOURCES
Artstor Images
JSTOR Scholarly Journals and ebooks
Project Muse Scholarly Journals and ebooks
Statistical Abstract of the United States Statistics, Demographics
OverDrive Audio books, ebooks, magazines
Mango Languages Language instruction
CQ Researcher Reports on social issues
Opposing Viewpoints Articles and resources focused on social issues
SIRS Articles and resources focused on social issues
Facts on File Articles and resources focused on social issues

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