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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.


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.

Full-text, Reference

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


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.


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.


Coverage: 1984-present

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

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