Scholarly articles are the backbone of most academic research. Dexter Library offers access to dozens of specialized database that make finding those articles simple for you.

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A to Z Maps Online

Database of proprietary, royalty-free world, continent, and country. Included in the 145,000+ maps are: political, physical, population, precipitation, and other thematic maps. In addition, there are bathymetric and fishing maps, climate change, earthquake, environmental, GIS data, NASA, and weather maps, among others.

Academic Search Premier

Multi-disciplinary database providing full text for more than 4,700 journals, of which 4,000 are peer-reviewed titles. In addition, indexing and abstracts are provided for 13,500+ titles. This scholarly collection offers information in nearly every area of academic study.

Access Science

Provides access to authoritative articles in all major areas of science and technology. Includes definitions, biographies, 18,000+ downloadable images and animations illustrating key topics, 8,500 articles and research reviews. Read more.


Catalog and index to the collections of the National Agricultural Library. Database covers materials in all formats. Subject coverage includes agriculture and allied disciplines: animal and veterinary sciences, entomology, plant sciences, forestry, aquaculture and fisheries, farming and farming systems, agricultural economics, extension and education, food and human nutrition.

Alt HealthWatch

Provides full text for more than 190 international, often peer-reviewed, journals and reports. Focuses on the many perspectives of complementary, holistic and integrated approaches to health care and wellness, covering acupuncture, aromatherapy, Chinese medicine, chiropractic, cross-cultural therapies, homeopathy, nutrition, and more.

Annual Reviews

Since 1932 Annual Reviews has been surveying the major works published in a particular academic area during a single calendar year.  Read more.

Archive of Wisconsin Newspapers

The Wisconsin Newspaper Association provides full-text access to 242 daily and weekly Wisconsin newspapers from 2005 to 90 days ago.

Auto Repair Reference Center

Auto Repair Reference Center (ARRC) is the most comprehensive collection of automobile repair reference information; contains repair and maintenance information on most major manufacturers of domestic and imported vehicles from 1952 to present. All of the content in ARRC has been created by ASE certified technicians.


A state-supported site through which a number of different types of databases can be accessed. In addition to providing access to full-text magazines and journals, the site includes links to other resources including WISCAT (statewide library catalog), Wisconsin Heritage Online (a collection of online resources about Wisconsin’s history, heritage, culture and people), reference resources, and education resources. 

Business Source Premier

Provides full text for more than 2,200 journals, including more than 1,100 peer-reviewed titles. Provides coverage in all disciplines of business, including accounting, economics, finance, management, marketing, management information systems, and operations management.

Consumer Health Complete

Designed for the everyday consumer of health care information. CHC provides access to understandable health and medical information. Full text of 560+ journals and magazines, 500 images and diagrams, 250 full-text reference books, and 2600+ full-text evidence-based health reports.

Consumer Reports Magazine

Presents articles on health, public safety, marketplace economics and the judicial & regulatory actions that affect consumers. In addition to product ratings and reviews, includes in-depth advice, tips, and trend information.

Education Research Complete

Provides indexing and abstracts for more than 2,400 journals, as well as full text for more than 1,300 journals, and includes full text for more than 500 books as well as for numerous education-related conference papers. Topics covered include all levels of education.

Educational Administration Abstracts

Covers a variety of subject areas of key relevance to the discipline, including educational leadership, educational management, and educational research. Includes more than 94,000 records dating from 1966.

Environment Complete

More than 3 million records provide deep coverage in applicable areas of agriculture, ecosystem ecology, energy, natural resources, marine & freshwater science, geography, pollution & waste management, environmental technology, environmental law, public policy, social impacts, and urban planning. Includes full text for more than 1150 journals and 200 monographs.


ERIC, the Educational Resource Information Center, contains more than 1 million records with links to more than 250,000 full-text documents covering education and education-related documents from 1966 to present.

European Views of the Americas: 1493 to 1750

A bibliographic database providing a comprehensive guide to printed records about America written in Europe before 1750. Database contains more than 32,000 records covering the history of European exploration.

Films on Demand

A streaming video platform providing access to educational programs from Films Media Group including American Experience, BBC, Bill Moyers, California Newsreel, Cambridge Educational, Canadian Broadcasting, Films for the Humanities & Sciences, Meridian Educational, National Geographic, Nova, and PBS. (Login required)


A collection of scholarly, governmental, and popular titles covering all aspects of human impact to the environment including content on global warming, green building, pollution, sustainable agriculture, renewable energy, and recycling. Provides indexing and abstracts for more than 800,000 records and for open access full text for 12,000 records.

Health Source: Nursing/Academic Edition

Provides access to scholarly full text journals focusing on many medical disciplines. Search more than 350 full-text journals (280 of them peer reviewed), with abstracts for more than 830 additional journals.

History Reference Center

More than 600,000 full text records from peer reviewed journals, reference books, encyclopedias, non-fiction books, and other sources, more than 56,000 historical documents, 81,000biographies of historical figures, 40,000historical photos, maps, and images, and more than 80 hours of historical video.

Humanities International Complete

Provides full text of more than 1200 journals, books and other published sources from around the world covering all aspects of the humanities. Includes data from Humanities International Index: more than 3 million records from 3,000 journals.


Provides full-image access to and archival coverage of hundreds of journal titles published around the world in selected disciplines, some titles with access from 1665 to the 21st century. Read more.

Library, Information Science and Technology Abstracts (LISTA)

Indexes more than 560 core journals, nearly 50 priority journals, and 125 selective journals as well as books, research reports, and proceedings. Subjects include librarianship, classification, cataloging, bibliometrics, online information retrieval, information management and more. Coverage from the mid-1960s.

Literary Reference Center

Contains full text for more than 35,000 plot summaries, synopses, and work overviews; 100,000 articles and essays of literary criticisms; 254,000 author biographies; 855,000 book reviews; 98,000 poems; 25,000 short stories; 9,000 author interviews, and more than 8,000 classic novels.

MasterFILE Complete

Full text for 1600 general reference magazines and publications. More than 55,000 primary source documents, 450 full-text reference books, and 1+ million photos, maps, and flags.

Media Education Foundation Streaming Films

The mission of Media Education Foundation is to produce and distribute documentary films and other educational resources to inspire critical thinking about the social, political, and cultural impact of American mass media. Films cover areas of debt & consumerism, gender, media studies & communication, politics & current events, and race studies. Dexter Library has a one-year license to stream more than 400 MEF films. Access to to the database expires 7 December 2017.


Created by the National Library of Medicine, MEDLINE indexes citations from over 5,600 scholarly biomedical journals in 60 languages covering medicine, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, the health care system, and pre-clinical sciences. Coverage from 1946 to present. Indexed using MeSH.

Military & Government Collection

Designed to provide current news pertaining to all branches of the military and government, this collection provides cover-to-cover full text for nearly 300 periodicals and academic journals plus indexing and abstracts for more than 400 titles.

Newspaper Source Plus

Provides access to full-text articles from 1200+ newspapers and 130 newswires. In addition, the database features television and radio news transcripts, videos and podcasts.


Provides near real-time access to world-wide news from the Associated Press. This collection includes a rolling 30-day archive of AP Top News, WorldStream, Financial News, AP Online, U.S. Politics and Government, and 50 State Reports.

Nexis Uni

Provides access to full-text news (national and international), business (SEC filings, company profiles, market and industry reports), and legal (state and federal cases, landmark cases, law reviews, state and federal statutes and regulations) information and publications, as well as accounting, country information, and tax law. Read more.


Readers’ advisory service with titles in a series, read-alikes, discussion guides, reading lists, awards, reader reviews from Goodreads, and more.

Professional Development Collection

Designed for professional educators, this database provides a highly specialized collection of 500 full-text, high-quality education journals, including nearly 350 peer-reviewed titles, with an additional 250 abstracted and indexed. This database also contains more than 200 educational reports.


PubMed comprises more than 25 million citations for biomedical literature from MEDLINE, life science journals, and online books. Citations may include links to full-text content from PubMed Central and publisher web sites.

Regional Business News

Provides comprehensive, full-text coverage for 110 regional U.S. and Canadian business publications including coverage of more than 80 regional business journals, newspapers and newswires covering all metropolitan and rural areas within the United States. Content from 1990.

Science Online

Provides access to Science journal 1997-current issue (excluding Science Express PDF articles), ScienceNOW, Science of Aging Knowledge Environment Archive, and a variety of other science-related resources. Read more.

Science Reference Center

Contains full text for 750 science encyclopedias, reference books, periodicals; 280,000 images; and 2900 full-length biographies. Topics covered include: biology, chemistry, earth & space science, environmental science, health & medicine, history of science, life science, physics, mathematics, technology and wildlife.


Updated daily, SciFinder covers the primary literature of all areas of chemistry, as well as medicine, engineering, materials science, agricultural science, and other disciplines. New to SciFinder web version? Click here to create your individual user name and password. Read more.


The only royalty free music library that meets all the licensing and technology requirements needed for education. Offers a wide variety of copyright ensured music, audio themes and sound effects. Perfect for podcasts, PowerPoint™, videos, news shows, video yearbooks, digital storytelling, presentations, TV broadcasts, web design and more.

A portal to thousands of multimedia for K-12 fiction and non-fiction books. Includes meet-the-author videos, written interviews, blogs, book guides, and lesson plans.

U.S. Newsstream

Contains current and archival U.S. news coverage back to the 1980s.

Web of Science Core Collection

Web of Science, a citation database, provides multidisciplinary coverage of over 8500+ high-impact science journals, as well as international proceedings coverage for over 160,000 conferences. Trace the impact of articles forward and backward in time from 1900-present. Read more.

Wisconsin Media Lab

As a division of the Wisconsin Educational Communications Board, Wisconsin Media Lab curates cost-free K-12 multimedia educational content. These award-winning classroom resources connect to Wisconsin’s academic standards, span all curricular areas, and are vetted by Wisconsin educators.


WorldCat is an online catalog that itemizes the collections of 72,000 libraries in 170 countries and territories throughout the world. As of March 2015, WorldCat contained more than 336 million records with 2.2 billion cataloged items.

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