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Databases by Subject

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.

Art

Biography in Context provides articles from reference series, journal articles, and recommended web sites.
JSTOR includes the full text of back copies of 38 art and art history journals; built in time lag means most current article are not included.
Proquest Research Library  provides access to popular magazines and scholarly journals covering some art topics.
Research in Context 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.

Current Events

Biography in Context provides articles from reference series, journal articles, and recommended web sites.
Issues and Controversies explores hundreds of hot topics in politics, government, business, society, education, and popular culture.
Newspaper Source includes full text of 28 national & international newspapers including Washington Post, USA Today, Christian Science Monitor and The Times (of London).
Proquest Newsstream provides full-text articles from 108 US and international newspapers including Washington Post, New York Times, and Wall Street Journal. French and Spanish language papers are included.
Proquest Research Library  provides access to popular magazines and scholarly journals covering a wide array of topics.
Research in Context 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.
TOPICSearch provides references to material on social, political & economic issues, and scientific discoveries.

Education and Testing

ERIC provides access to articles and documents on educational topics.
Professional Development Collection includes full text articles from 520 education journals
JSTOR includes full text of 60+ education journals; built in time lag means most current article are not included.

General

Biography in Context provides articles from reference series, journal articles, and recommended web sites.
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.
Proquest Research Library provides access to popular magazines and scholarly journals covering a wide array of topics.
Proquest Newsstream  provides full-text articles from 108 US and international newspapers including Washington Post, New York Times, and Wall Street Journal. French and Spanish language papers are included.
Research in Context 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.
World Book Online - A student-friendly encyclopedia that covers a variety of topics.

History and Geography

Biography in Context provides articles from reference series, journal articles, and recommended web sites.
Civil War Era A collection of eight newspapers from regional papers dating 1840-1870.
CultureGrams Online supplies cultural & geographic information, maps, statistics, history, recipes, & flags for 182 countries/territories.
Facts on File covers a variety of hot topics in several subject databases: Issues & Controversies, World Almanac, World News Digest.
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 text of 200+ history, geography, government & legal journals; built in time lag means most current articles are not included.
Proquest Newsstream provides full-text articles from 108 US and international newspapers including Washington Post, New York Times, and Wall Street Journal. French and Spanish language papers are included.
Proquest Research Library provides access to popular magazines and scholarly journals covering a wide array of historical topics. To log in from home, add four zeros to the standard Severn username; use our usual password.
Renaissance and Reformation   provides a sweeping and highly visual and detailed view at the people, events, scientific advances, and religious, literary, artistic, and architectural achievements of these critical periods in European and world history, from 1300 to 1700.
Research in Context 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.
Salem Press provides free, unlimited, online access to information on the 50s, 60s, 70s, and 90s in America.
U.S. Census Bureau - a great place to find historical and contemporary data on U.S. population, geography, economics, etc.
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) includes 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 is a comprehensive online collection on the last 5000 years of world history that supports today’s history research requirements.

Language

Biography in Context (via Infotrac) provides articles from reference series, journal articles, and recommended web sites.
Culturegrams supplies cultural & geographic information, maps, statistics, history, recipes, & flags for 182 countries/territories.
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.
Proquest Newsstream provides full-text articles from 108 US and international newspapers including Washington Post, New York Times, and Wall Street Journal. French and Spanish language papers are included.
Proquest Research Library provides access to popular magazines and scholarly journals covering some art topics.
Web World Geography includes 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. Also offers a Spanish version of World Book Kids, Enciclopedia Estudiantiil Hallazgos.

Literature

Biography in Context (via Infotrac) 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.
JSTOR includes full text of 80+ literature journals; built in time lag means most current article are not included.
Literary Sources 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.
Literature Resources 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.)
Literature Criticism Online (via Infotrac) full-text compilation of writings on popular poets.
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.
Proquest Research Library provides a limited number of book reviews and articles on topics in literature.
Research in Context 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.

Music

Biography in Context provides articles from reference series, journal articles, and recommended web sites.
JSTOR includes full text of 60+ music/dance journals; built in time lag means most current article are not included.
Proquest Research Library provides access to popular magazines and scholarly journals covering a wide array of musical topics.

Religion and Philosophy

Biography in Context provides articles from reference series, journal articles, and recommended web sites.
JSTOR includes full text of 60+ religion/philosophy journals; built in time lag means most current article are not included.
Proquest Research Library provides access to popular magazines and scholarly journals covering a wide array of religious and philosophical topics.

Science and Health

Animal and Plant Anatomy provides information and illustrations for many creatures.
Biography in Context provides articles from reference series, journal articles, and recommended web sites.
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.
JSTOR includes full text of several hundred science journals; built in time lag means most current article are not included.
Proquest Research Library provides access to popular magazines and scholarly journals covering a wide array of scientific topics.
Research in Context Tailored specifically for students grades 6-8, offers authoritative content on science, and social issues including  science experiments and contextual information for key works and documents.
Science in Context includes articles from journals, primary sources, videos, podcasts and reference books. 
Scientific American Digital gives access to current issues of the magazine, and archival copies back to 1993.
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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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