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Databases and Journal Indexes

Academic OneFile (Gale InfoTrac)
A general database that contains full text and indexed articles from magazines, newspapers, books and journals in most disciplines

Academic Search Complete (EBSCOHost) PASCAL icon
A general, multi-disciplinary database that contains full text and indexed articles from magazines, newspapers, books and journals

Credo Reference   DISCUS icon
Provides access to more than 600 subject-specific encyclopedias, biographies, chronologies, dictionaries, and reference titles from over 80 publishers, covering every major subject. Offers over 200,000 images and audio files and nearly 100 videos. Over 10,000 Topic Pages present and organize a variety of information resources on a subject and act as a starting point for research.

ebrary PASCAL icon
A growing collection of over 100,000 electronic books in a wide range of academic subject areas with unlimited, multi-user access. Ebooks may be viewed online in any browser without downloading or installing anything to your computer. If you prefer to read a book offline, you can download up to 10 entire books for 14 days using Adobe Digital Editions (free). Individual chapters can also be downloaded in PDF format. Login to your personal account to take advantage of additional functionalities including setting a default citation format, highlighting and note taking within the text, adding hyperlinks to the text, saving books to a personal bookshelf, downloading content for offline use, and access to iOS and Android mobile apps. Off-campus users are automatically logged in to their personal accounts. On-campus users will be prompted to login when they need to use one of the additional functions or when they click the Sign In link. For more information, see the Quick Start Guide or the Download Guide.

EBSCO eBook Collection
A collection of over 21,000 electronic books available in full text online. These titles may be searched in the library's catalog or directly in the EBSCO database. Formerly known as NetLibrary, titles in this collection cover all subject areas.

Enciclopedia Moderna (from Encyclopedia Britannica)   DISCUS icon
A comprehensive encyclopedia in the Spanish language for high school ages and up published by Encyclopedia Britannica. Includes over 50,000 encyclopedia articles plus images, maps, and tables. Complete with a dictionary, atlas, and timelines.

Escolar (Britannica)   DISCUS icon
Spanish elementary encyclopedia for early readers of Spanish. More than 1,500 encyclopedia articles and 1,000 pictures. Searchable and alphabetically browsable. Interactive materials supporting language arts, math, science and social studies. Content selected for curriculum relevance and age appropriateness.

Fuente Academica (EBSCOHost)   DISCUS icon
Offers full text for more than 450 scholarly journals from Latin America, Portugal and Spain, with detailed abstracts and indexing in multiple languages. All major subject areas are covered with particular emphasis on agriculture, biological sciences, economics, history, law, literature, philosophy, psychology, public administration, religion and sociology.

Gale Virtual Reference Library (Gale Group)
The electronic books included in this collection are provided by the CSU Library and are in the categories of: Arts, Biography, Business, Education, Environment, History, Law, Literature, Medicine, Multicultural Studies, Nation and World, Religion, Science, and Social Science. See also the GVRL ebooks provided by DISCUS.

General OneFile (Gale InfoTrac)
A general database that contains full text and indexed articles from magazines, newspapers, books and journals in most disciplines ranging from architecture to biology and history to mathematics.

HathiTrust     FREE
HathiTrust is a growing digital repository of books and journals from a group of large research libraries. It includes both in copyright and public domain materials digitized by Google, the Internet Archive, and Microsoft, as well as through in-house initiatives at HathiTrust partner libraries. The full text of all materials is searchable by everyone, and the full text of materials in the public domain are openly viewable by everyone. To limit your search to the approximately 30% of the HathiTrust collection which is in the public domain, simply check the "Full view only" box on the search screen. Additional options are available for non-partners by creating a Friend Account. Hathi (pronounced hah-tee) is the Hindi word for elephant, an animal highly regarded for its memory, wisdom, and strength.

An archive of scholarly journals that offers high-resolution, scanned images of journal issues and pages as they were originally designed, printed, and illustrated. The journals archived in JSTOR span many disciplines. Because of JSTOR's archival mission, there is a gap, typically from 1 to 5 years, between the most recently published journal issue and the back issues available in JSTOR.

MasterFILE Premier (EBSCOHost)   DISCUS icon
Designed specifically for public libraries, this multidisciplinary database provides full text for nearly 1,700 periodicals with full-text information dating as far back as 1975. Covering virtually every subject area of general interest, MasterFILE Premier contains full text for nearly 500 reference books and over 164,400 primary source documents, as well as an Image Collection of over 592,000 photos, maps & flags.

MLA Directory of Periodicals (EBSCOHost) PASCAL icon
Offers detailed information on over 7,100 journals, with 4,400 currently indexed in MLA International Bibliography. The detailed entries include editorial contact information, as well as frequency, circulation, subscription prices and submission guidelines.

MLA International Bibliography (EBSCOHost) PASCAL icon
Offers a detailed bibliography of journal articles, books and dissertations. Produced by the Modern Language Association, the electronic version of the bibliography dates back to the 1920s and contains over 1.8 million citations from more than 4,400 journals & series and 1,000 book publishers.

New York Times
Selected full text of the New York Times from 1985 to the present is available in several of the library's databases, with complete digital coverage from 2008 to three months ago available in ProQuest Digital Microfilm. In addition, the library keeps the last 8 weeks of the newspaper in paper format, and has 1851 to 2009 on microfilm. To locate the correct resource for the date you need, see this list.

Newspaper Source Plus (EBSCOHost)   DISCUS icon
Includes more than 860 full-text newspapers, providing more than 35 million full-text articles. In addition, the database features more than 857,000 television and radio news transcripts.

Newstand (Gale InfoTrac)
Provides access to more than 2,700 national, international, state and local newspapers with selective coverage between 1980 and 2012.

Oxford Reference Online Premium
Combines language and subject reference works together to form a large reference library. It contains over 100 dictionary, language reference, and subject reference works.

Points of View Reference Center (EBSCOHost)   DISCUS icon
Intended for public, academic, and high school libraries, Points of View is designed to assist researchers in understanding the full scope of controversial subjects. High school and undergraduate students can use Points of View as a guide to debate, developing arguments, writing position papers, and for development of critical thinking skills. Each Points of View essay includes a series of questions and additional material to generate further thought. Also included are thousands of supporting articles from the world’s top political and societal publications.

ProQuest Digital Microfilm: New York Times
This resource provides cover-to-cover full image access to the New York Times from 2008 to three months ago for an online experience that resembles paging through the newspaper in print or viewing it on microfilm. Users may crop, zoom, or rotate page images and then print, email, or save in PDF format. In addition, the library provides access to selected full text of the New York Times from 1985 to the present in several other databases, keeps the last 8 weeks of the newspaper in paper format, and has 1851 to 2009 on microfilm. To locate the correct resource for the date you need, see this list.

Readers' Guide Full Text Mega (H.W. Wilson on EBSCOHost)
Subject coverage includes antiques, arts, business, computers, education, entertainment, film, television, gardening, health, medicine, history, home improvement, literature, news, current events, photography, popular and classical music, politics, popular culture, religion, science, sports, fitness, transportation, travel and much more. Includes indexing of over 450 periodicals as far back as 1983 and searchable full text of articles from over 250 journals as far back as 1994.

A shared catalog that provides information about books, periodicals, audio/visual materials, etc. from thousands of libraries around the world and indicates which libraries hold the items.

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Print Sources

Cassell's Italian Dictionary (Ref. PC 1640 .C33 1964)

Dictionary of Ecclesiastical Latin (Ref. PA 2891 .D53 1995)

Encyclopedia of Language and Linguistics (Ref. P 29 .E48 1994 v. 1-10)

Englishman's Hebrew Concordance of the Old Testament (Ref. BS 1121 .W54 2001)

Feminist Encyclopedia of Spanish Literature (Ref. PQ 6055 .F46 2002 v. 1-2)

Grand Dictionnaire Français-Anglais, Anglais-Français (Ref. PC 2640 .G68 1998)

International Encyclopedia of Linguistics (Ref. P29 .I58 2003)

Latin American Writers. Supplement I (Ref. PQ 7081 .A1 L37 2002 Suppl.)

Latina and Latino Voices in Literature: Lives and Works (Ref. PS 153 .H56 D3 2003)

New Cassell's German Dictionary (Ref. PF 3640 .B45 1971)

New Revised Velázquez Spanish and English Dictionary (Ref. PC 4640 .V5 1999)

Oxford Dictionary of Foreign Words and Phrases (Ref. PE 1582 .A3 O93 1998)

Oxford Dictionary of Modern Greek (Ref. PA 1139 .E5 P76 1982)

Webster's New World Hebrew Dictionary (Ref. PJ 4833 .B35 1992)

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Internet Resources

American Association of Teachers of French

An encyclopedic reference work cataloging all of the world's 6,912 known living languages

A comprehensive catalog of more than 2400 language-related Internet resources

Language Sites of Interest on the Internet
Etymology, grammar and usage, Language columns/online magazines, linguistic links, and reference sources

Learn Spanish
A free online tutorial

Yahoo! Linguistics and Human Languages Directory

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Journals and Magazines

The following journals are available in the CSU library:

Le Figaro

France Amerique

French Review

German Quarterly


Hispanic American Historical Review

Hispanic Review


Modern Language Journal

Modern Language Quarterly

Paris Match

Selecciones Del Reader's Digest

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