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Coverage: 1990 to present

Index of journal articles, books, book chapters, book reviews, dissertations, and selected government publications on East-Central Europe and the former Soviet Union published in the United States and Canada. The online version of the American Bibliography of Slavic and East European Studies.

Academic Search Premier

Full-Text, Index
Index of basic journals across the disciplines and general interest magazines. Includes full text for many publications.

Accessible Archives: African American Newspapers

Coverage: 1827-1855

Full text of African American newspapers from the 19th century.

ACM Digital Library

Full-Text, Index

Coverage: 1954-present

"Full text of every article ever published by ACM and bibliographic citations from major publishers in computing."

African American Newspapers, 1827-1998


Collection of digitized African American newspapers from more than 35 states.



Coverage: 1970-present

The premier index for agricultural literature. Produced by the National Agricultural Library.

Ambrose Digital Streaming - Drama Collection

Visual Resource

Streaming collection of major drama and theater resources. Titles available are all 37 of the BBC Shakespeare Plays, A History of Great Playwrights, and Hollywood's Greatest Directors. All titles feature closed captioning.

America: History and Life

Time period covered: prehistory to present; publication coverage: 1954 to present.

Indexes journal articles, book reviews, and dissertations on the history and culture of the United States and Canada. Subjects include area studies, folklore, government, historiography, political science, popular culture, and urban history.

America's Historical Newspapers


Interface that allows you to search across three digitized newspaper collections: Early American Newspapers Series 1, 1690-1876; African American Newspapers, 1827-1998 and Hispanic American Newspapers, 1808-1980.

American Chemical Society Publications

Coverage: varies

Full text of chemistry and chemical engineering journals published by the American Chemical Society from their first issue to the current issue.

American Memory

Full-Text, Visual Resource

Collection of primary sources relating to the history and culture of the United States from the Library of Congress.

American National Biography Online

Full-Text, Reference

Scholarly biographical articles on people who have influenced American history and culture. (Does not include information on people still living.)

American Periodicals Series Online


Digitized images from American magazines and journals that originated between 1741 and 1900. Includes general interest magazines, children's publications, women's magazines, and literary and professional journals.

American Song

Database of American roots music, including country, folk, bluegrass, Western, old time, American Indian, blues, gospel, and shape note singing. Songs are categorized by historical event as well as musicians, genres, etc.

Resources for genealogical research from the U.S., Canada, Australia, New Zealand, U.K. and other European countries. Includes census, immigration, and military records, city directories and church histories, court documents, as well as some maps, photos, and oral histories.

Année philologique


Coverage: 1996-present

Bibliography of works on Greco-Roman antiquity.

Annual Bibliography of English Language and Literature (ABELL)

Full-Text, Index
Coverage: 1920-present

Index of books, articles, and other publications on literature in English from Anglo-Saxon times to the present. Covers more British publications than MLA International Bibliography. Includes links to some full text. From the Modern Humanities Research Association (MHRA).

Annual Reviews

Full-Text, Index

Index coverage: vol. 1 - present; Full-text coverage: 1996-present

Full text of articles reviewing the scholarly literature for a variety of topics in the physical, biomedical, and social sciences.

Anthropology Plus

Coverage: late 19th century-present

Index of journal articles and essays in the fields of anthropology and archaeology. A combination of the Royal Anthropological Institute's Anthropological Index and Harvard University's Anthropological Literature.


Full text of journals from the American Anthropological Association from their first issues through current issues.

APS Journals


Full text of journals from the American Physical Society from their initial volumes through the current year.


Database for locating archival materials (manuscripts, personal papers, historical documents) available at libraries, museums, and archives.

Archives Unbound


Collection of seven different document archives covering Freedom Riders in the South (1961), Foreign Relations Between the U.S. and Latin America and the Caribbean States (1930-44), Japanese-American Relocation Camp Newspapers (1942-45), the National Farm Worker Ministry (1939-85), the Mexican Revolution (1910-24), the National Domestic Workers Union (1965-79), and the U.S. Civilian Advisory Effort in Vietnam (1950-54).

Armed Conflict Database

Data, Full-Text
Coverage: 2000-present (conflict reports); 1997-present (data)

Database on international and internal conflicts as well as terrorism. Includes analyses of current situation and historical background. Also includes data on topics such as weapons, troops, fatalities, and refugees. From the International Institute for Strategic Studies.

Art & Architecture Complete

Full-Text, Index

Index of journals, magazines, and other publications covering art, architecture, archaeology, and related fields. Coverage dates vary. Earliest indexing goes back to 1914; earliest full text back to 1930; majority of coverage begins in 1980s.

ARTFL Project


Collection of digitized French resources. Includes FRANTEXT, a database of literary, philosophical, scientific and technical texts from the 12th through the 20th centuries, as well as digitized versions of important 18th century French encyclopedia and dictionaries.

Arts & Humanities Citation Index

Coverage: 1999-present

Index covering the journal literature of the arts and humanities. Allows you to search for a topic, an author, or for articles that cite a known author or work.


Visual Resource

Searchable image collection covering the arts, architecture, humanities, and sciences. Includes access to the Archivision collections and Lafayette's own collection of images. Capabilities include: user-created image groups that can be easily shared with others, export to Powerpoint and OIV (Offline Image Viewer) presentation tools, image citation export, and mobile device accessibility. e-Print archive

Coverage: 1991-present

Searchable archive of research papers in the fields of physics, mathematics, nonlinear sciences, and computer sciences. Hosted by Cornell University under an agreement with the National Science Foundation.

ASCE Research Library


Full-text of journals and conference proceedings from the American Society of Civil Engineers. Journal coverage goes back to 1995; conference proceedings to 1999. For an index of ASCE publications back to 1970 use the ASCE CE Database.

ASME Digital Collection

Full-Text, Index

Index of journals, conference proceedings and ebooks from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. Contains full-text of some journals. If you are asked to purchase content, please request the article via interlibrary loan.

ATLA Religion Database

Coverage: 1949-present

Indexes general-interest and scholarly articles, book reviews, book chapters, and theses relating to religious concepts. Emphasis is on Christianity.

Bibliography of Asian Studies

Coverage: 1971-present

Index of Western-language publications on topics relating to Asia.

Bibliography of the History of Art

Coverage: 1975-2009

Index of articles, books, conference proceedings, dissertations, and art exhibition and dealer's catalogs covering European and American art from late antiquity onwards. Note that this database is no longer being updated.


Full-Text, Reference

Encyclopedia covering topics related to bioethics, including genetically modified foods, social justice, sustainability, and chemical warfare.

BioMed Central


Database of peer-reviewed research articles in biology and medicine.


Full-Text, Index

Coverage: 2000-present

Access to collection 1 with over 70 peer-reviewed journals in the life sciences. Coverage for most journals begins in 2000.

Birds of North America Online

Data, Reference

Provides detailed scientific information for each of the 716 species of birds nesting in the USA and Canada. Each online species entry contains recordings of that bird's songs and calls, images, videos, migration patterns, and maps of distribution.

Brill's Encyclopedia of Hinduism

Full-Text, Reference

Scholarly encyclopedia covering all aspects of the Hindu tradition.

Brill's New Pauly Online

Full-Text, Reference

Extensive encyclopedia on the Greco-Roman classical world and its interactions with other cultures in antiquity and the early Middle Ages.

Britannica Online

Full-Text, Reference

Web version of the Encyclopaedia Britannica.

British History Online


Digital library containing some of the core primary and secondary sources for the study of medieval and modern history of the British Isles. Includes government documents, most notably the domestic Calendar of State Papers for 1547-1704 and the foreign Calendar of State Papers for 1547-1589.

British Literary Manuscripts Online


Coverage: 1120-1900

Digitized collection of British manuscripts, including poems, plays, novels, diaries, journals, religious writings, and correspondence. Consists of two parts (Medieval and Renaissance, and 1660-1900), which can be searched separately or together. Note that while the full text of the manuscripts is not searchable, a searchable, detailed description is provided for each.

Burney Collection of Newspapers


Digital collection of early English news media from the 17th and 18th centuries. Includes pamphlets, broadsides, periodicals, and an extensive collection of London newspapers. To search three English news databases at once, use the Gale NewsVault. To simultaneously search this resource along with Eighteenth Century Collections Online Vols. I & II, The Times of London Digital Archive, and The Times Literary Supplement Historical Archive, use the Artemis Primary Sources search interface.


Visual Resource

Growing collection documenting works of art from around the world from prehistoric to contemporary times, representing the collections of prominent museums.

Caribbean History and Culture, 1535-1920


Digital collection of over 1,200 books, pamphlets, almanacs, broadsides and ephemera covering the history of the Caribbean Islands. Can be searched or browsed by subject, genre, place of publication, language, etc.

Center for Research Libraries Online Catalog

Catalog of approximately five million newspapers, journals, books, pamphlets, dissertations, archives, government publications, and other resources held by the Center for Research Libraries. Lafayette users have access to these materials via interlibrary loan. For more information see our description of CRL's collections.

Chicago Manual of Style


Online guide to the most recent editions of the Chicago (or Turabian) citation and formatting style.

Chicago Tribune historical backfile


Coverage: 1849-1992

Electronic backfile of the Chicago Tribune from the first issue through 1993.

China Academic Journals Database


Full-text database of Chinese academic journals from a wide range of disciplines. Most of the articles are in Chinese, not English.

China Data Center

Collection of major Chinese governmental data on the national, provincial, city, and county levels. Includes areas such as population, employment, industry, education, agriculture, trade, public health, and much more.

China Films Yearbook


Coverage: 1981-2011

Annual coverage of major Chinese film productions and events, including statistical data.

Choice Reviews Online


Coverage: September 1988-present

Brief reviews of books and electronic resources for academic libraries. Also includes all editorial content from Choice magazine.

Christian-Muslim Relations Online

An online bibliography that provides general history of relations between the two faiths as represented in works written by Christians and Muslims about the other and against the other.

Chronicle of Higher Education


Newspaper covering higher education.

Classical Music Library

Database of classical music plus biographical information on composers.

Conference Proceedings Citation Index


Index of papers from conferences, meetings, symposia, etc. in the sciences and social sciences. Includes a feature allowing you to search for publications that cite a known paper.

Contemporary World Music

Audio collection of music from around the world. Includes reggae, worldbeat, Indian classical, flamenco, klezmer, zydeco, gospel, and more.

CQ Congress Collection

Data, Full-Text

Legislative information and analysis of "key votes" in the U.S. Congress. Biographical, political, and electoral data about members of Congress, plus information and data on the structure of the legislative branch.

CQ Researcher

Coverage: 1991-present

Weekly reports on "hot" topics. Each report focuses on one topic and includes an explanation of the issues, a "pro and con" debate feature, a chronology, and a bibliography that can lead to additional resources. Especially useful for political and social issues.

CQ Supreme Court Collection


Summaries and analysis of major U.S. Supreme Court decisions with links to full text of cases. Also includes biographies of justices plus tools for analyzing voting records and opinion alignments.

CQ Voting and Elections Collection

Data, Full-Text

Data and analysis on U.S. presidential, congressional, and gubernatorial elections, plus information on voter demographics and political parties. Includes biographical information on candidates and some election speeches.

CQ Weekly


Coverage: 1983-present

News and analysis of the U.S. Congress. Includes status of major legislation and a record of votes.

Derwent Innovations Index


Coverage: 1963-present (patents); 1973-present (patent citations)

Database of information on international patents in chemical, electrical and electronic, and mechanical engineering. Allows for patent citation searching.

Dictionary of African Biography

Full-Text, Reference

Biographical information on the men and women who shaped Africa's history from earliest times to the present.

Dictionary of Caribbean and Afro–Latin American Biography

Full-Text, Reference

Information on the lives of Caribbeans and Afro-Latin Americans who are historically significant. Covers the entire Caribbean, and the Afro-descended populations throughout Latin America, including people who spoke and wrote Creole, Dutch, English, French, Portuguese, and Spanish.

Dictionary of Irish Biography

Full-Text, Reference

Biographical dictionary covering the "lives of Irish men and women who made a significant contribution in Ireland and abroad, as well as those born overseas who had noteworthy careers in Ireland."

Dictionary of Medieval Latin from British Sources


Searchable dictionary of Medieval Latin vocabulary, focusing on sources from British Medieval Latin texts.

Dictionnaire de la langue française du seizième siècle

Full-Text, Reference

Online edition of Huguet's dictionary of Renaissance French.

Digital Theatre Plus

Streaming video of British theater productions plus supplementary study and teaching materials.

Dissertations and Theses A&I


Coverage: 1861-present

Index of dissertations and theses from institutions in the United States, and more selectively, Canada, Britain, and other European countries. Abstracts are included for dissertations from 1980 to the present and for master's theses from 1988 to the present. (For openly accessible dissertations and theses, see Open Access Theses and Dissertations.)

Drama Online


Digital collection of play scripts "from Aeschylus to the present day." Plays can be searched by a variety of criteria, including theme, genre, setting, and cast size. Also includes Globe on Screen, streaming versions of performances from Shakespeare's Globe.

Early American Imprints


Includes Series I ("Evans"), nearly every book, pamphlet and broadside published in America from 1639-1800, and Series II ("Shaw-Shoemaker"), American books, pamphlets and broadsides published in the early part of the 19th century. Also includes supplements to the collection from the Library Company of Philadelphia.

Early American Newspapers I and II

Coverage: 1690-1900 (focus on 1700-1799 and 1820-1860)

Searchable, cover-to-cover reproductions of hundreds of U.S. historic newspapers. The publisher's web site includes a description of some of the key titles within Series I and Series II.

Early Encounters in North America


Coverage: 1534 - 1850

Online collection of letters, diaries, memoirs and accounts of early encounters. It has been indexed to allow for unique browsing and searching (e.g. by type of flora or fauna, encounters between groups of peoples, specific events or places, etc.).

Early English Books Online


Collection of texts printed in England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, and British North America and works in English printed elsewhere from 1473 to 1700. Includes literary texts, sermons, legal documents, scientific treatises, and many other types of works.

East Asia Image Collections

Visual Resource

The East Asia Image Collection is an open-access archive of digitized photographs, negatives, postcards, and slides of imperial Japan (1868-1945), its Asian empire (1895-1945) and occupied Japan (1947-52). Images of Taiwan, Japan, China, Korea, Manchuria, and Indonesia are included.

Ebook Central (formerly ebrary)


Extensive collection of academic electronic books spanning a variety of disciplines. 



Coverage: 1886-present

Indexes articles in more than 600 economics journals as well as working papers, books, and dissertations.

Eighteenth Century Collections Online I and II


Digital collection of 180,000 English language books, pamphlets, essays, and broadsides published from 1701 to 1800. Titles cover history, fine arts, medicine, science, literature, law, philosophy, and religion. To simultaneously search this resource along with The Times of London Digital Archive, The Times Literary Supplement Historical Archive, and the 17th & 18th Burney Collection of newspapers, use the Gale Primary Sources search interface.

Electronic Journal List: Lafayette College Libraries

List of electronic journals available via the Lafayette College Libraries. This information is also available in the Library Catalog.

Encyclopaedia Islamica

Full-Text, Reference

An abridged translation of a Persian encyclopedia that is one of the most comprehensive sources on Islam and the Muslim world. Particularly strong in coverage of Shiʿi Islam. Still a work-in-progress; not many volumes of the translation have been completed yet.

Encyclopaedia Judaica

Full-Text, Reference

Second edition (2007) of a scholarly encyclopedia covering Jewish history and culture from the time of the Second Temple to the present.

Encyclopaedia of Islam Online

Full-Text, Reference

Authoritative reference source on Islam and the Islamic world. Includes access to the completed second edition, the Glossary and Index of Terms and the in-progress third edition.

Encyclopaedia of the Qur'ān

Full-Text, Reference

Encyclopedic dictionary of Qur’ānic terms, concepts, personalities, place names, cultural history and exegesis extended with essays on the most important themes and subjects within Qur’ānic studies.

Encyclopedia of Adulthood and Aging

Full-Text, Reference

Reference work covering all aspects of adult development and aging.

Encyclopedia of Christianity

Full-Text, Reference

Encyclopedia covering Christianity through its 2000-year history within a global context. Originally published 1999-2005.

Encyclopedia of Food and Agricultural Ethics

Full-Text, Reference

Articles on issues pertaining to the full range of topics in the area of food and agricultural ethics.

Encyclopedia of Greek Tragedy

Full-Text, Reference

Reference work covering all facets of the distinct form of dramatic theater that flourished in ancient Greece and reached its apex in Athens of the 5th century BCE.

Encyclopedia of Human Rights

Full-Text, Reference
Scholarly encyclopedia covering human rights theory, practice, law, and history. Includes articles on organizations and institutions, human rights events and crises, and human rights norms.

Encyclopedia of Jewish History and Culture Online

Covers the history of the Jews from 1750 to the 1950s. Translation from the completed encyclopedia in the original German is still in progress ('A'-'C' as of 12/2017) .

Encyclopedia of Jews in the Islamic World

Full-Text, Reference

Covers the Jews of Muslim lands particularly in the late medieval, early modern and modern periods.

Encyclopedia of Life Sciences

Full-Text, Reference

Reference database with peer-reviewed articles covering all basic and many applied aspects of the life sciences, with an emphasis on cell and molecular biology.

Encyclopedia of the Bible and Its Reception Online


A searchable "guide to the current state of knowledge on the background, origins, and development of the canonical texts of the Bible as they were accepted in Judaism and Christianity. The encyclopedia also documents the history of the Bible's interpretation and reception... not only in Judaism and Christianity, but also in literature, visual art, music, film, and dance, as well as in Islam and other religious traditions and new religious movements." Includes extensive bibliographical information for each entry.


Web-based application that enables you to create and manage a database of bibliographic reference. Users need to create a free account. Note that if you have already signed up for a Web of Science account, you can use the same email address and password to log into EndNote.

Environment Complete

Full-Text, Index

Database covering the journal literature of environmental sciences, including applicable areas of ecology, energy, geography, pollution & waste management, law, public policy, and urban planning.

Environmental Encyclopedia

Full-Text, Reference

Provides in-depth, worldwide coverage of environmental issues. Each article is written in a nontechnical style and provides current status, analysis, and suggested solutions whenever possible.



Coverage: 1966-present

The most comprehensive index to books, articles, conference papers, posters, pamphlets, etc., in the field of education.

Essay and General Literature Index Retrospective


Coverage: 1900-1984

Index of essays published in books and periodicals.

Ethnographic Video Online

Visual Resource

Collection of ethnographic films for the study of human culture and behavior. "Covers every region of the world and features the work of many of the most influential documentary filmmakers of the 20th century."



From the Kennedy Institute of Ethics at Georgetown, this database indexes a selection of journal articles, book chapters, bills, laws, court decisions, reports, books, audiovisuals, and news articles relating to bioethics and professional ethics.

Europa World Plus

Data, Full-Text

Up-to-date profiles of countries of the world. Includes political histories, economic statistics, and directory-style information on politics, media, and business. A "comparative statistics" section can be used to generate tables of comparative data on countries in formats suitable for exporting into Excel or SPSS.

FDsys: Federal Digital System


Gateway to U.S. federal government publications: executive, judicial, legislative, and regulatory. Includes quick links to the Federal Register, Congressional Record, U.S. Code, and Code of Federal Regulations.

Film & Television Literature Index with Full Text

Full-Text, Index

Index of journal articles and books on film and media studies. Includes some full text.

Films on Demand

Visual Resource

Database of streaming videos. Includes documentaries and educational films from Films for the Humanities and Sciences and PBS. (Note that if you are going to link to a video or a segment of a video, you should use the URL provided under the "Details" tab.)

Gale Literary Sources (formerly Artemis Literary Sources)


Database for researching authors and their works, literary movements and genres. Contains full text of literary works, journal articles, literary criticism, reviews, and biographical information. Also known as Literature Research Center

Gale Primary Sources


Coverage: 1604-2008

Research environment for finding primary sources. Currently searches across four platforms: 17th & 18th Burney Collection of newspapers; Eighteenth Century Collections Online (ECCO); The Times of London Digital Archive 1785-2008; and The Times Literary Supplement Historical Archive.



Bibliothèque nationale de France digital library of texts and images from the Middle Ages to the early 20th century. Although the emphasis is on Francophone culture, classic works from other countries are also available, in their original language or in translation. Choose the Recherche button to search the collection by title, author, subject or keyword.

Garland Encyclopedia of World Music Online


World music reference database featuring over 700 articles plus associated audio examples, illustrations and photographs, song texts, and score examples.

GeoRef and GeoRef in Process


Indexes the literature of geology, including journals, books, conference proceedings, maps, and USGS reports.


Full-Text, Index

Full-text of scholarly journals in geology integrated with GeoRef, an index of geological literature.

Global Commodities

Primary sources such as manuscripts/diaries, rare books, maps, paintings, advertisements, company records, etc., covering the global history of 15 major commodities: chocolate, coffee, cotton, fur, energy, opium, porcelain, silver & gold, spices, sugar, tea, timber, tobacco, wheat, wine & spirits.

Google Scholar


Search engine for scholarly materials including journal articles. Be sure to use WebBridge to link to Lafayette's resources. Note: if accessing from off-campus, sign in, go to "Settings" and search "Library Links" for "Lafayette." Check "Lafayette College - Lafayette WebBridge" to make WebBridge appear in search results.

Grand Dictionnaire universel du 19e siècle


Important French encyclopedia published from 1865-1890. Combines features of a dictionary and encyclopedia, with a substantial number of entries on literature and biography.



Coverage: 1970s-present

Database of scholarly, governmental, and general-interest articles and books covering all aspects of human impact on the environment.

Handbook of Latin American Studies

Coverage: 1935-present

A searchable annotated bibliography of articles, books and reports on Latin America. Produced by the Library of Congress.



Coverage: 1857-1912

Full text of Harper's Weekly with extensive indexing of articles, illustrations, and advertisements.

Hathi Trust Digital Library

Full-Text, Index

Digital repository of books and other materials from research libraries across the country. Full text of works in the public domain can be searched and viewed. The full text of works still in copyright can be searched but not be viewed.

Hein Online


Database of legal resources, including laws, regulations, some trials and court reports, treaties, and a variety of other materials covering United States and foreign law.

Helminthological Abstracts via CAB Direct


A monthly abstract journal, covering the literature on all parasitic helminths.

Hispanic American Newspapers, 1808-1980


Digitized collection of Spanish-language newspapers printed in the U.S. during the 19th and 20th centuries. Includes many titles published bilingually in Spanish and English.

Historic Documents


Coverage: 1972-2016

Annual collection of primary sources covering significant events of the year. Includes materials such as speeches, international agreements, and reports from governments, NGOs, and other organizations. Each document is preceded by an introduction providing context and background.

Historical Abstracts

Time period covered: 1450 to present; Publication coverage: 1954 to present

Indexes journal articles, book reviews, and dissertations on the history of the world, except the United States and Canada. Subjects include diplomatic history, economics, international relations, and political science.

Historical Statistics of the United States


Demographic, economic, and social statistics of the United States from colonial times to the end of the 20th century. Data can be searched, downloaded, and graphed.

Hoover's Online


Profiles of public and private companies in the U.S. and other countries. Also includes financial and corporate directory information, business news, and stock quotes.

Humanities and Social Sciences Index Retrospective


Coverage: 1907-1984

Index of major journals in the humanities and social sciences.



Social science datasets available for download and analysis in statistical software. Datasets are made available through the Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research at the University of Michigan.

IEEE Xplore

Full-Text, Index

Coverage: 1988-present

Database of all IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) journals, transactions, conference proceedings, and standards, as well as journals of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET). Complete backfile to 1988 with select content back to 1893.

Index of Christian Art


Coverage: c. 33 AD to 1550 AD

Database of medieval art relating to Christianity with full-text records for nearly 80,000 works of art dating from early apostolic times (ca. A.D. 33) to A.D. 1550. Includes nearly 100,000 images. Disclaimer: approximately 25% of images in the database are currently restricted and cannot be accessed. All other "public images" are available to view.

Institute of Physics Electronic Journals


Full text of journals published by the Institute of Physics. Includes current issues, a ten-year backfile, and an archive with older issues.

International Directory of Company Histories


Detailed histories of U.S. and international companies. Use the search box to find all company profiles available in electronic format. Older volumes are available in Skillman's print reference collection (HD2721 .I63)

International Encyclopedia of the Social Sciences

Full-Text, Reference

Revision (c.2008) of the classic first edition. Features new articles and biographies contributed by scholars from around the world on a wide array of global topics in the social sciences.

iPoll Databank

Data, Full-Text

Coverage: 1935 to present

Database of U.S. national public opinion surveys. From The Roper Center for Public Opinion Research.

Iter: Gateway to the Middle Ages and Renaissance


Collection of databases, including Iter Bibliography, a bibliography and index of articles, books, essays, and book reviews on the Middle Ages and Renaissance (400-1700). Includes coverage of art and literature.

Jazz Music Library

Audio collection covering all types of jazz.


Searchable archive of the back issues of scholarly journals, plus current subscriptions to 44 titles. The most recent 3-5 years of most journals are not included in JSTOR. (Alums can access JSTOR archival journals through the alumni portal.)

Kanopy Streaming

Visual Resource
Streaming video platform containing over 27,000 documentaries, feature films, and training videos. Includes such producers as the Criterion Collection, PBS, HBO, Kino Lorber, and the Media Education Foundation.

Kent and Riegel’s Handbook of Industrial Chemistry and Biotechnology

Full-Text, Reference

Handbook describing the chemical and engineering principles underlying the chemical process industry; chapters cover specific segments of the industry.

Kikuzo II Visual

Full-Text, Reference, Visual Resource

Database of Japanese sources, including Asahi Shimbun, a major Japanese newspaper, from 1879-present (Full-text searching is available only from 1985 on). Also includes two weekly magazines, AERA and Shukan Asahi; a historical photo archive of 10,000 photos mostly taken in Asia during World War II; the pictorial magazine Asahi Graph (1923-45); two reference sources: Who's Who database and Dictionary Chiezo; and an English language news database.

Kirk-Othmer Encyclopedia of Chemical Technology

Full-Text, Reference

Authoritative, comprehensive encyclopedia on chemical engineering.

Lafayette (college newspaper)


Coverage: 1870-present

Searchable full-text database of Lafayette's college newspaper.

Lafayette Digital Repository


Lafayette College's institutional repository, an online archive designed to make accessible materials from the College, including administrative publications and the scholarly work of Lafayette faculty.

Lafayette Library Catalog


Database of books, periodicals, films, and other materials in Skillman and Kirby Libraries.

Latin American Newspapers, 1805-1922


Collection of digitized Latin American newspapers published in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Features titles from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Cuba, Guatemala, Mexico, Peru, Venezuela and elsewhere. Most of the content is in Spanish, with some in Portuguese or English.


Data, Reference
Database of information on members of Congress and staff that offers information such as biographies, contact details, legislative issues covered, participation in committees and caucuses, planned town halls and more. Includes disclosure information for foreign gifts, travel, and lobbying activities.

LexisNexis Uni (formerly Academic)

Coverage: varies
Full text of newspapers, business and popular magazines, law reviews, and legislative sources.

LGBTQ History and Culture Since 1940

Archive of primary sources on the LGBTQ community, including historical records of political and social organizations founded by LGBTQ individuals, publications by and for lesbians and gays, and extensive coverage of governmental responses to the AIDS crisis. Documents span from 1940 to 2014, with the bulk from 1950 to 1990.

Library catalogs

Links to catalogs of area libraries (e.g. Lehigh, Muhlenberg) and some major research libraries (e.g. Princeton, Library of Congress).

Literature Online


Searchable archive of literary texts and complementary reference resources.

Loeb Classical Library


"Digital resource that mirrors the renowned Loeb print collection, showcasing more than 520 volumes of Latin, Greek, and English epic and lyric poetry; tragedy and comedy; history, travel, philosophy, and oratory; the great medical writers and mathematicians. The online interface allows readers to browse, search, bookmark, annotate, and share content."

London Times Digital Archive

Coverage: 1785-1985

Electronic edition of The Times of London. To search three English news databases at once, use the Gale NewsVault. To simultaneously search this resource along with The Times Literary Supplement Historical Archive, Eighteenth Century Collections Online Vols. I & II, and the 17th & 18th Burney Collection of newspapers, use the Artemis Primary Sources search interface.

Los Angeles Times historical backfile

Coverage: 1881-1992

Electronic backfile of the Los Angeles Times from the first issue through 1993.


An online training library that consists of thousands of videos on technology related topics. Videos are broken into small segments (most range from 1-5 minutes) and are based on a particular topic or skill. Tutorials are available for all popular applications, including the Microsoft Office suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint), Adobe Products (Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator), AutoCAD, Final Cut Pro, Google Docs, Moodle, WordPress, GarageBand and many more.


Coverage: 1940-present

Electronic version of Mathematical Reviews, which indexes and abstracts books and journals covering pure and applied mathematics. Includes indexing of some computer science journals.

MEDLINE via ISI Web of Knowledge


Coverage: 1950-present

The premier index to medical literature for health researchers and professionals. Subject searchers may wish to consult the directory of Medical Subject Headings (MeSH), available at the National Library of Medicine's website. A free search interface for MEDLINE, PubMed, with links to select full-text articles is also available.

Merriam-Webster's Unabridged Dictionary Online

Full-Text, Reference

Searchable version of Merriam-Webster's complete and newly updated American dictionary. Includes definitions, example sentences, etymologies, and quotations.

MLA International Bibliography


Coverage: 1884-present.

Index of scholarly articles, edited books, and dissertations on literature, languages, film studies and folklore. Includes MLA Directory of Periodicals, which provides detailed information on periodicals covering literature and languages. For help searching MLA, see our Search Guide.

Morgan & Claypool Synthesis Digital Library


Collection of 50- to 100-page electronic books that synthesize a research or development topic in engineering, computer science, and related disciplines. Lafayette users have access to all titles in the Complete Collection One and Complete Collection Two.

Morning Call via ProQuest

Coverage: 1984-present

The full text of the Morning Call, Allentown's local daily newspaper.

Music & Performing Arts Online

Interface for simultaneously searching five music listening databases: American Song, Classical Music Library, Contemporary World Music, and Jazz Music Library, and Smithsonian Global Sound.

National Historical Geographic Information System (NHGIS)

Data, Gateway

NHGIS is a data portal for U.S. Census data in both tabular and geospatial formats. It provides access to summary statistics and GIS boundary files for population and agricultural censuses and other nationwide surveys from 1790 through the present. Alternatively, for a user-friendly online mapping interface connected to this same data see Social Explorer.

Naxos Music Library

Audio collection covering classical, jazz, and world music, with particular strength in 20th and 21st century composers. Users can create playlists and can download the free NML iPhone app to listen to their playlists remotely.

NBER Working Papers


Coverage: 1973-present

Searchable, full-text database of working papers from the National Bureau of Economic Research.

New Oxford Shakespeare Online

Combines the Oxford Modern Critical Editions, Critical Reference Editions, and Authorship Companions for all of Shakespeare's works, including sonnets and other verse. Each work is accompanied by extensive notes and critical commentary, and can be read in the original or modern spelling.

New York Review of Books

Coverage: 1963-present

Full text of the New York Review of Books back to its first issue. Includes lengthy book reviews plus essays by major writers on politics, literature, and culture.

New York Times historical backfile


Coverage: 1851-2013

Cover-to-cover, full image backfile of the New York Times from the first issue through 2013. (For an electronic version of articles from 2014 forward, use LexisNexis Uni.)

New York

New York Times website. To access articles beyond the 10 per month that NYT makes freely available, use Lafayette's "passes": visit and use your Lafayette email address to create an account and/or log on. After registering, students have full access through December of their graduation year. Faculty and staff will claim a pass that can be renewed after 364 days.

North American Immigrant Letters, Diaries, and Oral Histories


Coverage: 1784-2004, majority of content 1807-2002

Database documenting the experiences in North America of immigrants from across the globe. The collection can be searched by facets such as 'age when writing', 'point of departure', and 'occupation', etc. or can be browsed by place ('where written', 'where sent', 'discussed'), nationality, and personal events experienced.

OECD Economic Outlook Statistics and Projections

Coverage: 1970-two years into future

Extensive macroeconomic time series data for OECD countries and non-OECD zones. Includes historical statistics as well as projections extending two years beyond the current date.

OECD Economic Surveys


Coverage: 1998-present

Reviews of a country's economic performance, with a focus on recent trends and changes in policies. Print copies of many of these reviews may be borrowed from Skillman's collection.

OED: Oxford English Dictionary

Full-Text, Reference

Searchable version of the Oxford English Dictionary, which traces the origins and usage of English words.


Full-Text, Index
Tool that allows you to search across many library databases simultaneously (including the Library Catalog).

Open Textbook Library

Full-Text, Gateway

Searchable online library of freely available college-level textbooks in a variety of disciplines.

Orlando: Women's Writing in the British Isles from the Beginnings to the Present


Textbase for researching major figures and time periods in British women's fiction. The collection contains profiles of authors' lives, career chronologies, and in-depth bibliographies (but NOT full text of individual works of literature).

Oxford Art Online

Full-Text, Visual Resource

Authoritative reference works on art, including Grove Art Online and Benezit Dictionary of Artists. Contains images of major works important to the study of art history as well as artists' signatures and monograms.

Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

Full-Text, Reference

Scholarly, biographical articles on noteworthy people who inhabited or were connected with the British Isles. (Does not include information on people still living.)

Oxford International Encyclopedia of Peace

Full-Text, Reference

Scholarly encyclopedia covering historical, political, theoretical, and philosophical issues relating to peace and conflict. Includes coverage of world leaders, major historical and current events, organizations, and theories.

Oxford Islamic Studies Online


Collection of works on Islam and the Islamic world. Includes scholarly encyclopedia articles, Qur'anic materials, and primary sources.

Oxford Journals


Full-text of journals from Oxford University Press. Years covered vary by journal.

Oxford Music Online


Authoritative reference works on music, including Grove Music Online.

Oxford Reference Online

Full-Text, Reference

Electronic versions of Oxford dictionaries and other reference works covering many disciplines.



Coverage: 1993-present

Index of papers presented at conferences worldwide.

Patrologia Latina


Electronic version of the works of the Church Fathers from Tertullian in 200 CE to the death of Pope Innocent III in 1216. Fundamental Latin texts for the study of late antiquity and early modern history.

Philadelphia Inquirer historical backfile


Coverage: 1860 - 2001

Cover-to-cover, full image backfile of the Philadelphia Inquirer from the first issue through 2001.

Philosopher's Index


Coverage: 1940-present

Index of books and journals in philosophy and related fields. Includes records for book reviews.

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette historical backfile

Coverage: 1786-2003

Cover-to-cover, full image backfile of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette from the first issue through 2003.

Play Index


Index of plays written from antiquity to the present and published from 1949 to the present. Searchable by title, author, subject, style, genre, cast type, and more.

Political Science Complete


Index of journal articles, books, and conference papers in political science and related fields. Includes a substantial amount of full text.



Coverage: 1993-present

Index of published conference proceedings. For an index of individual papers presented at conferences, see PapersFirst

Project MUSE

Coverage: mid-1990s to present

Searchable collection of full-text articles from journals published by academic and scholarly presses.

ProQuest Statistical Insight


Provides abstracts and indexes of statistical information from U.S. government publications from 1973, state and private sources from 1980, and documents from international organizations from 1983.

ProQuest Historical U.S. Newspapers


Cover-to-cover, full image backfiles of the New York Times (1851-2013), Chicago Tribune (1849-1993), Los Angeles Times (1881-1993), Philadelphia Inquirer (1860-2001), Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (1786-2003), Wall Street Journal (1889-2000), and Washington Post (1877-2000).



Database of full-text articles from journals published by the American Psychological Association, the APA Educational Publishing Foundation, the Canadian Psychological Association, and Hogrefe Publishing Group.



Major database of psychological literature. Produced by the American Psychological Association.



Database of psychological tests, measures, scales, surveys, and other assessments as well as descriptive information about the test and its development and administration.

Public Affairs Index


Index of articles, books, government documents, and other materials on global public policy issues, including international affairs.

PubMed Central


Database of biomedical and life sciences journal articles. From the National Institutes of Health.

Readers' Guide Retrospective


Index of articles published in many different popular press magazines from 1890 through 1982.

RILM Abstracts of Music Literature


Coverage: 1967-present

Indexes the scholarly literature of music from Amadeus to Zevon.

Rock's Backpages Library


Rock reviews, articles, and interviews from the 1960s to the present.

Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy

Full-Text, Reference

Core reference work covers Anglo-American, ethical and political, cross-cultural, interdisciplinary, continental, and contemporary philosophy.

SAGE Stats (formerly State Stats)


Collection of historical and current state-level data covering health care, crime, education, economy, and many more.

Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps, 1867-1970 - Pennsylvania

Visual Resource

Digitized maps of towns or cities in Pennsylvania originally created for use by fire insurance companies. Maps are drawn to a scale of 50 feet to an inch; list street blocks and building numbers; and are coded for building materials used. For color versions of those maps, see the collection hosted by Penn State's map library. For Sanborn Maps in areas other than Pennsylvania, see Sanborn Maps from the Library of Congress.


Collection of scientific, technical, and medical journals published by Elsevier.


Coverage: 1907-present

Electronic version of Chemical Abstracts, an index of articles, patents, technical reports, and other materials covering chemistry, biochemistry, and chemical engineering. Includes a feature that allows users to search by drawing chemical structures.

Shakespeare Survey Online



Online collection of scholarly essays in Shakespeare studies and production. This resource is fully searchable across volumes or can be browsed by theme, volume, author, etc

Smithsonian Global Sound for Libraries

Music from the Smithsonian Folkways collection and from other music archives around the world. Strong in American folk and other "roots" music. Includes spoken word recordings, such as poets reading their works.

Social Explorer

Data, Gateway, Visual Resource

Online application for locating and mapping US Census data and other demographic resources. Maps created on Social Explorer can be exported as images. To download the data itself in tabular and GIS formats see National Historical Geographic Information System (NHGIS).

SocINDEX with Full Text


Coverage: 1908-present.

Indexes journal articles, books, and conference papers in sociology. Includes a substantial amount of full text

South China Morning Post historical backfile


Coverage: 1903-1997

Electronic backfile of the South China Morning Post, an English-language newspaper published in Hong Kong, from the first issue through 1998.


Database of research funding opportunities with information on over 40,000 grants and foundations, including all federal agencies

SPIN database


Coverage: 1970-present

Database of abstracts from physics journals and conference proceedings. Some links to full text included.



Collection of scientific, technical, and medical journals and books published by Springer. Lafayette users have access to the full text of journals in this collection from 1997 to the present and the full text of books from 2005 through the present.

Standard & Poor's NetAdvantage

Data, Full-Text

Database of business and investment information, including company profiles, financial data, and stock, bond, and mutual fund reports. Includes S&P's Industry Surveys and Register of Corporations.

State Papers Online, 18th Century 1714-1782


Coverage: 1714-1782

Collection of digitized British government records from the National Archives of the UK. These full-color manuscript scans cover the reigns of George I and George II, and part of the reign of George III. The content details the inner workings of the government during such major events as the Jacobite rebellions of 1715 and 1745, the Seven Years' War, and the majority of the American Revolutionary War.



Statistics and studies gathered by market researchers, trade organizations, scientific publications, and government sources on over 600 industries

Statistical Abstract of the United States


Compendium of U.S. economic, social, and political data. A good first stop when you're looking for statistics.

Swank Digital Campus

Visual Resource
Streaming access to major motion pictures for educational purposes only. This link will allow instructors to request films for classes (login required) and allow all other users to access those films that have been licensed.

TLS Historical Archive

Full-Text, Index
Coverage: 1902-2009

Index and full text of the Times Literary Supplement (London), an important source of reviews of books, plays, and films. To search three English news databases at once, use the Gale NewsVault. To simultaneously search this resource along with The Times of London Digital Archive, Eighteenth Century Collections Online Vols. I & II, and the 17th & 18th Burney Collection of newspapers, use the Artemis Primary Sources search interface.

Transitions Online Premium


News from Central and Eastern Europe and countries of the former Soviet Union. Includes searchable archive back to 1994 and annual country surveys covering politics, international relations, the economy, and social issues.

TRID: The TRIS and ITRD Database


References to books, technical reports, conference proceedings, journal articles and on-going research in the field of transportation. Combines information from the national Transportation Research Information Services (TRIS) Database and the OECD's International Transport Research Documentation (ITRD) Database.

U.S. Census Maps and GIS Data

Data, Gateway
Digital maps covering a variety of US Census demographic categories, plus GIS data in vector boundary files for spatial aggregations of tabular census data at all levels of the census hierarchy.

Ullmann's Encyclopedia of Industrial Chemistry

Full-Text, Reference

Authoritative source on industrial chemistry. Includes coverage of chemical substances and their production and application, process engineering, and environmental and occupational safety.

Ulrich's periodicals directory


Contains information on currently published as well as discontinued periodicals. Includes searchable tables of contents for over 24,000 academic journals, plus reviews of periodicals from Magazines for Libraries and Library Journal.

Value Line Investment Survey (Standard Edition)

Data, Full-Text

Reports on 1700 stocks, including past performance, current status, and outlook. (Note that our subscription allows only two users from Lafayette to access the database simultaneously. If you see a message saying that the licensed number of users is already logged on, ignore the rest of the message and try again later.)

Vocabulary for the Study of Religion


Online dictionary with over 400 entries covering a wide range of topics on the study of religion, including those from adjacent disciplines such as sociology, anthropology, historiography, theology, philology, literary studies, psychology, philosophy, cultural studies, and political sciences.

Wall Street Journal historical backfile

Coverage: 1889-1999

Electronic backfile of the Wall Street Journal from the first issue through 2000.

Wall Street Journal via ProQuest


Coverage: 1984-present

Full text of the Wall Street Journal. Includes limited images, charts and tables.

Ward's Business Directory of U.S. Private and Public Companies


Directory and profiles of 100,000 U.S. companies. Can be searched by total sales, location, NAICS code, and more.

Washington Post historical backfile

Coverage: 1877-1999
Cover-to-cover, full image backfile of the Washington Post from the first issue through 2000. (For an electronic version of articles from 2000 forward, use LexisNexis Uni. You can also sign up with your Lafayette email for free, unlimited access to the content on

Web of Science

Index covering the journal literature of science, technology, and the social sciences. Allows you to search for a topic, an author, or for articles that cite a known author or work. Includes citation metrics and funding information.

Wiley Blackwell Encyclopedia of Gender and Sexuality Studies

Full-Text, Reference

Reference source covering gender, feminist, queer, masculinity, and sexuality studies.

Wiley Online Library


Collection of journals and books from Wiley-Blackwell publishers covering life, health, and physical sciences, social sciences, and the humanities.

Women Writers Online


Full-text editions of texts by English and American women published between 1400 and 1850. From Northeastern University.

Women's Issues and Identities

Archive of primary sources documenting movements for women's rights throughout the nineteenth and twentieth century, including movements for suffrage and reproductive rights.

Women's Magazine Archive

Coverage: 1885-2005
Archive containing cover-to-cover, color issues of 11 of the leading women's interest magazines from the 19th century through the 21st: Better Homes and Gardens, Chatelaine, Cosmopolitan, Essence, Good Housekeeping, Ladies' Home Journal, Parents, Redbook, Seventeen, WIN News, and Women's Day.

World Cinema Collection

Visual Resource

Streaming collection of feature films spanning the silent era through contemporary international cinema. Covers classic and contemporary cinema from Africa, Asia (primarily China, Japan, and India), Europe (including Soviet films), Latin America, and the Middle East. 

World Databank

Coverage: 1960-present

Country-level, time series data from the World Bank. Topics covered include demographics, the economy, the environment, health, and education. Data may be saved as Excel or ASCII files.

World of Learning


Directory of learned societies, research institutions, libraries, museums and institutions of higher education from around the world.

World Shakespeare Bibliography


Coverage: 1972-present

Searchable bibliography with annotated entries for books, articles, reviews, and other materials related to Shakespeare.



Catalog of books, videos, manuscripts, and other materials held by libraries across the country. Includes millions of records, so searches for narrow topics work best.


Citation management tool that lets you easily collect references (and PDFs), organize them, and generate bibliographies.