EBSCO Databases Explained

General Resources | Resources for a Younger Crowd

AskRI provides a variety of databases from EBSCO Publishing. You can search them all or find one that suits your needs. Resources are available for adults and children. Access to EBSCO is via geographic authentication: if you are in the State of Rhode Island, you do not need to enter a library card for access to AskRI EBSCO databases.

Some Rhode Island libraries offer additional EBSCO products. For example, HELIN libraries and some public libraries (OSL or Ocean State Libraries) provide more EBSCO databases for their patrons; please check with your institution to find out what other EBSCO databases are available for your research. To access additional EBSCO databases if your library provides them, enter your library bar code in the log in box at the bottom of the EBSCO opening page or visit your library’s website.

To link to AskRI.org services on yor own webpage, access this text file for raw text links to EBSCOhost databases, and code for the EDS Search Box.

General Resources 

Academic Search EliteAcademic Search Elite Scholarly resource provides indexing and abstracts for more than 8,300 journals, with full text for more than 4,500 of those titles. PDF back files to 1975 or further are available for well over one hundred journals.

AutomateAutomate - DIY auto repair from EBSCO Repair and maintenance information on most major manufacturers of domestic and imported vehicles. New repair procedures, TSBs and updates are added on a regular basis. All content has been created by ASE certified technicians.

Biography Reference Centerbrc_button_100x50Biography Reference Center is available in its own interface and offers many top-ranked biographical reference collections and magazines including more than 436,000 full-text biographies and thousands of unique narrative biographies.

Biography Reference BankBiography_Reference_Bank_button_100x50Biography Reference Bank is an essential full-text database for biographical research in any discipline, such as women’s studies, cultural studies, media studies and more.

Consumer Health CompleteConsumer Health CompleteEBSCO’s interface designed for the everyday consumer of health care information. CHC provides convenient access to easily understandable health and medical information. Consumers can search and browse within medical encyclopedias, popular reference books, and magazine articles.

EBSCO Discovery ServiceEDS_button_100x50A single search box for direct access to full-text content available through AskRI databases.

EBSCOhost ListEBSCOhost ListAllow users to search all databases or check off a combination of databases. This link leads to the long list of EBSCO resources in EBSCOhost.

ERIC (Educational Resource Information Center) – ERIC Offers access to education literature and resources. Database contains more than 1,243,000 records and links to more than 224,000 full-text documents.

Funk & Wagnalls New World EncyclopediaFunk and Wagnalls New World Encyclopedia Features over 25,000 informative segments of the encyclopedia, with alphabetically arranged articles, illustrations and maps. Updated annually.

GreenFileGreenfile Includes content on the environmental effects of individuals, corporations and local/national governments. Topics covered include global climate change, green building, pollution, sustainable agriculture, renewable energy, recycling and more.

History Reference CenterHistory Reference Center World’s most comprehensive full-text history reference database, featuring full text for more than 2,400 reference books, encyclopedias and nonfiction books from leading history publishers. Also includes full text for more than 130 leading history periodicals, and contains more than 61,100 historical documents; more than 66,000 historical biographies; more than 110,200 photos and maps; and more than 80 hours of historical video.

Library, Information Science Technology & Technology Abstracts (LISTA)Library, Information Science Technology & Technology Abstracts (LISTA) Contains information pertinent to library and information sciences, indexes more than 600 journals, and includes books, research reports and proceedings.

Literary Reference CenterLiterary Reference Center Comprehensive database provides users with a broad spectrum of information on thousands of authors and their works across literary disciplines and timeframes. Full-text database of more than 35,000 plot summaries, synopses and work overviews; nearly 100,000 articles/essays of literary criticism; more than 252,000 author biographies; also includes over 693,000 book reviews, author interviews and information on classic and contemporary poems , short stories, classic texts and more.

MasterFILE PremierMasterFILE Premier Contains the full text for nearly 1,750 periodicals covering general reference, business, health, education, general science, multicultural issues and much more. Also includes full text for nearly 500 reference books, 86,017 biographies, 105,786 primary source documents, and an image collection of 341,655 photo, maps and flags.

MEDLINEMEDLINE Created by the National Library of Medicine, MEDLINE provides authoritative medical information on medicine, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, the health care system, pre-clinical science and much more. This resource uses MeSH (Medical Subject Headings) indexing with capabilities to search citations from over 4,800 current biomedical journals.

NoveListNovelist Readers’ advisory tool provides access to information on 155,000 fiction titles and a wide range of feature content to enable library staff to serve fiction readers of all ages. Includes author read-alikes, book discussion guides, reading lists and more.

Points of ViewPoints of View Contains a balance of materials from all viewpoints, including more than 1,300 main essays, leading political magazines from both sides of the aisle, newspapers, radio and TV news transcripts, primary source documents and reference books.

Teacher Reference CenterTeacher Reference Center Provides indexing and abstracts for more than 270 periodicals. Topics include assessment, continuing education, current pedagogical research, curriculum development, elementary education, higher education, language arts, literacy standards, school administration, teacher education and much more.

TOPICSearchTOPICSearch Current events database allows researchers to explore social, political & economic issues, scientific discoveries and other popular topics discussed in today’s classrooms.

Resources for a Younger Crowd 

Explore these resources to find the ones best suited for your young students.

Designed with students and educators in mind, Explora provides a safe, trustworthy environment for students to look up articles and facts for research papers, class projects or homework. There are three different Explora databases, based on setting:

ehed_logo100Explora Educator’s Edition – Highlights content relevant to teachers, including lessons plans, curriculum standards, and other professional development resources.

explora_button_primary_schools_100Explora for Primary Schools – EBSCO’s research database for students K-5 is the replacement for Searchasaurus and Kids Search and features colorful pictures and school subject categories for easy browsing.

explora_button_secondary_schools100Explora for Secondary Schools – Explora for Secondary Schools is the replacement for Kids Search and Student Research Center and features an easy to use interface and updated functionality like the cite button.

explora_web_button_public_libraries_100Explora for Public Libraries – Explora for Everyone is a new interface for the general public that simultaneously searches 20 EBSCO databases for an easy one stop search.

Middle Search PlusMiddle Search Plus – Contains full text for more than 140 popular middle school magazines, as well as thousands of biographies and historical essays. Also includes primary source documents, reference books and an image collection of 341,655 photo, maps and flags.

Primary SearchPrimary Search Full text for more than 80 popular elementary school magazines; all full-text articles are assigned a reading level indicator (lexiles). Also includes the Encyclopedia of Animals, and features Funk & Wagnalls New World Encyclopedia with easy-to-read encyclopedic entries written specifically for kids. Also provides the American Heritage ® Children’s Dictionary, 3rd Edition from Houghton Mifflin, and thousands of relevant photos, maps and flags.