Zimmerman Library


A World of Resources at Your Fingertips

A database is an electronic collection of information resources that are organized and displayed in a way to make searching easy for database users. Most of our databases are collections of journals and periodicals, but we also have some subscriptions to databases that include books, chapters of books, newspaper articles and periodicals all mixed up together.


ABC-CLIO (World Web Geography) an atlas as well as summaries of country statistics and cultural descriptions.
Biography in Context This database provides articles from reference series,
journal articles, and recommended web sites.
Bloom's Literary Reference Online features content from Facts On File’s extensive print literature collection, hundreds of Harold Bloom’s essays examining the lives and works of great writers throughout history and the world, and thousands of critical articles published by noted scholars under the Bloom’s Literary Criticism imprint.
Civil War Era A collection of eight newspapers from regional papers dating 1840-1870.
Coronavirus Research Database is a free health and medical research database for openly available content related to the COVID-19 outbreak.
CultureGrams Online supplies cultural & geographic information, maps, statistics, history, recipes, & flags for 182 countries/territories.


ERIC provides access to articles and documents on educational topics.


Green Technology Online presents an in-depth look at the Earth’s increasing environmental problems and the methods for restoring the environment.
Health Source Consumer Edition includes full text articles from 130 health magazines.
Historical New York Times provides full text articles from the 1851-2012 New York Times. To log in from home, add four zeros to the standard Severn username; use our usual password.
Issues and Controversies explores hundreds of hot topics in politics, government, business, society, education, and popular culture.
JSTOR includes full text of back copies of thousands of scholarly journals; built in time lag means most current article are not included. Use the standard Severn username and password.
Gale Literature provides workflow tools and features that are brand new to your Gale Literature Collections term clusters, term frequency graphs, search assist functionality, mobile compatibility, and interface translation, along with an easier and more dynamic search.
Gale Literature Criticism full-text compilation of writings on popular authors.
Gale Literature includes articles from Gale's Contemporary Literary Criticism Select, Contemporary Authors, and Dictionary of Literary Biography.  (Available through the AACPL web site with your Maryland public library card. Once you get to this page, use the menu to select "L" and find the database on the page.)


Middle School in Context is tailored specifically for students grades 6-8, offers authoritative content on cultures, government, people, U.S. history, world history, geography, literature, science, and social issues – including nearly 300 topic pages and overviews on the subjects and social issues most studied by and relevant to middle school users as well as science experiments and contextual information for key works and documents.
EBSCO Middle Search Plus contains full text articles from 140 periodicals geared for middle school readers.
Newspaper Source includes full text of 28 national & international newspapers including Washington Post, USA Today, Christian Science Monitor and The Times (of London).
Oxford English Dictionary acts as a guide to the meaning, history, and pronunciation of 600,000 words— past and present—from across the English-speaking world. Use the standard Severn login and password.


Professional Development Collection includes full text articles from 520 education journals
Proquest Newsstream - provides fulltext articles from 108 US and international newspapers including Washington Post, New York Times, and Wall Street Journal. French and Spanish language papers also included.
Proquest Research Library  provides access to popular magazines and scholarly journals covering a wide array of topics.
Salem Press provides free, unlimited online access to information about the 50s, 60s, 70s, and 90s.
Science in Context includes articles from journals, primary sources, videos, podcasts and reference books.


TOPICSearch provides references to material on social, political & economic issues, and scientific discoveries.
US History in Context provides a complete overview of U.S. history that covers the most-studied events, issues and current information
Web World Geography (ABC-CLIO) an atlas as well as summaries of country statistics and cultural descriptions.
World Book Online A student-friendly encyclopedia that covers a variety of topics.
World History in Context a comprehensive online collection on the last 5000 years of history that supports today’s history research requirements.
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Why Use a Database?

  1. Locate up to date information
  2. Get help citing sources
  3. Find scholarly articles
  4. Use content aimed at people your age
  5. Locate authors who are usually experts
  6. Easy to keep and organize in an electronic folder
  7. Access items we don’t own in hard copy
  8. Get reliable content
  9. Power/advance search help you pinpoint what you want
  10. Teachers love it when you cite databases -- librarians, too!

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