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Learning Commons Databases

The Becker Learning Commons offer a wide range of electronic information resources to the Becker College community.

Learning Commons Databases

Click on one of the categories below to access databases by subject discipline.  For the broadest searches, try the general databases link, which comprises the databases:  Films on Demand, InfoTrac, Proquest Central, Opposing Viewpoints in Context, Global Issues in Context, and Proquest Newspapers.

 Not sure where to start?  Look for the Library Guides icon for research help.

Databases by Subject

» General Databases

» Animal Science
» Business
» Criminal Justice and Legal Studies
» Education
» English/Literature
» Game Design and Development
» Health Science
» History
» Library Science
» Psychology
» Religion
» Science

Databases by Title

 General Databases

» Britannica Public Library Edition

Search the Encyclopaedia Britannica online, which includes magazine articles, Web sites, videos, a dictionary and thesaurus, atlases, timelines, classical literature, biographies, notable quotations, and world data. Sponsored by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC).

» Britannica Spanish Reference Center

Offers Encyclopaedia Britannica resources in Spanish. Sponsored by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC).

» Britannica World Data Analyst

Includes country snapshots, country comparisons, chronological comparisons and ranked statistics. Sponsored by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC).

» eBooks

The eBooks Collection on EBSCOhost contains over 5,000 scholarly and reference online books covering a broad range of topics. eBooks can be downloaded with the » eBooks Mobile App

» Films On Demand

Video platform that allows educational films to be streamed, emailed, or embedded into Canvas. Contains films in the Master Academic Collection (humanities, social science, business and economics, science, and health collections) and the Career & Technical Education Master Collection (family and consumer sciences, guidance and counseling, technical education, and careers and job search collections).

» Gale: Biography in Context

Biography in Context contains over 600,000 biographical entries, on more than 528,000 individuals. Includes biographies from award-winning Gale reference, multi-media content (such as videos, images, magazines and newspapers), current historical information, and topic pages covering high-interest features.

» Gale: InfoTrac

Provides access to more than 50 databases and contains full text of thousands of periodicals covering topics in various disciplines including history, literature, social science, science, health, business, and technology.

» Gale: Opposing Viewpoints in Context

Covers today’s social issues, from offshore drilling to climate change, health care to immigration.  Contains more than 14,000 pro/con viewpoint articles on a broad variety of topics.

» Gale: Global Issues in Context

Offers international viewpoints on a broad spectrum of global issues, topics, and current events,  including the social, political, military, economic, environmental, health, and cultural  arenas.


Shared digital library with over 2,000 academic journals. Research articles are largely from the social sciences and the humanities. Provides free access to hundreds of thousands of articles in the public domain.

» OED – Oxford English Dictionary

Dictionary and guide to the meaning, history, and pronunciation of over 600,000 words from across the English-speaking world.

» ProQuest: Central

Accesses more than 8,000 full-text articles in multiple subject disciplines such as business, criminal justice, education, social science, medical science, and technology.

» ProQuest: Newspapers

Includes full-text newspaper articles from 14 Massachusetts newspapers such as The Boston Globe, The Boston Herald, and The Worcester Telegram & Gazette.

Animal Science

» ProQuest: Central

Contains full text articles on all aspects of medical science, which includes veterinary science and animal care.

» VetMed Resource

Online resource designed to support veterinary practitioners, technicians and others working in this field. Includes abstracts from CAB Abstracts, and full text conference papers, journal articles, bulletins, and news articles. Contains CAB Reviews: specially commissioned, peer reviewed review articles written by field experts and The Animal Health and Production Compendium which includes pictures, drug database, glossary, food safety module, parasite identification keys, and detailed coverage of health and production topics.

» NAL Animals & Livestock Website

Links to the National Agricultural Library (NAL) catalog, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.  Contains citations relating to all aspects of agriculture and allied disciplines, including animal and veterinary sciences.  Full text of articles may be available via inter-library loan.


» Business Expert Press

Business Expert Press books cover a variety of contemporary business and management topics. Becker community members can access titles in BEP's 2014 collection.


Provides business and financial information by company name or ticker symbol for over 80 million companies. Contains snapshots, financial reports, legal information and intellectual property

» Gale: Business Economics & Theory

Contains more than 150 full-text journals articles that focus on business and economic theory.

» Gale: Business Insights: Essentials

Find information on companies, industries and more in the context of timely news, statistical data, and in-depth reports.

» ProQuest: Business

Searches across all ProQuest business-related databases, including ABI/INFORM, Hoover's Company Profiles, and Snapshots (international marketing profiles).

 Criminal Justice and Legal Studies

» Gale: Criminal Justice Collection

Contains more than 150 full-text journals that focus on criminal justice.  Aimed at those preparing for careers as  a lawyer, law enforcement officer, paralegal, or Homeland Security officer.

» ProQuest: Criminal Justice

Focuses on U.S. and international criminal justice journals, and provides research support for students interested in careers in criminal justice, law enforcement, corrections administration, drug enforcement, rehabilitation, family law, and industrial security.


Provides general news, business and financial information, legal-case law, and medical information.

» Terrorism Research & Analysis Consortium (TRAC)

Comprehensive resource for the study of political violence of all kinds. Core analyses of 3,800 groups that have been known to aid and abet political violence or terrorist organizations. One of the world’s largest databases of terrorist groups, their leaders, locations, and affiliations. Profiles vulnerable regions and cities, contains a live intelligence repository and includes in-depth analyses of seminal terrorism topics.



ERIC (Educational Resources Information Center) is the largest education database in the world—containing over one million records of journal articles, research reports, curriculum and teaching guides, conference papers, and books. Established in 1966, ERIC is supported by the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Educational Research and Improvement. ProQuest offers a full-text counterpart that incorporates full-text journals from ProQuest Education Journals™. It also incorporates the thesaurus of ERIC Descriptors, providing more than 10,000 main heads and cross-references for consistent classification, with topic trees for focusing searches effectively.

» Gale: Educators Reference Complete

Includes more than 450 full-text academic journals that focus on educational principles, child development, child psychology, and best practices in education.

» ProQuest: Education

Includes more than 600 full-text education publications.  Spans the literature on primary, secondary, and higher education as well as special education, home schooling, and adult education.

 English / Literature

» Literary Reference Center (LRC)

Contains plot summaries, synopses, overviews, literary criticism articles and essays, author biographies, book reviews, poems, short stories, and classical texts.

» Gale: Literature Resource Center

Comprises biographical information, overviews, full-text literary criticism, and reviews on more than 130,000 writers in all disciplines, from all time periods, and from around the world.

Game Design and Development
 Health Science

» CINAHL Complete

CINAHL Complete provides broad content coverage including 50 nursing specialties, speech and language pathology, nutrition, general health and medicine and more.

» The Cochrane Library

Collection of six databases relating to healthcare decision-making. Databases include:Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials, Cochrane Methodology Register,
Database of Abstracts of Reviews of Effects, Health Technology Assessment Database, and NHS Economic Evaluation Database.

» Gale: Nursing & Allied Health Collection

Covers all aspects of the nursing profession, including direct patient care and health-care administration.


MEDLINE is the U.S. National Library of Medicine® (NLM) premier bibliographic database that contains more than 23 million references to journal articles in life sciences with a concentration on biomedicine.

» Nursing@Ovid

Searchable full text access more than 40 nursing journals available through Ovid.

» Nursing Reference Center Plus

Evidence-based nursing database. Includes over 3,000 Quick Lessons & Evidence-Based Care Sheets, 2,200 nursing skills & skill competency checklists, 1,300 continuing education modules, 750 legal cases, and 350 research instruments.

» ProQuest: Health Sciences

Searches across all ProQuest health-science databases, including Pharmaceutical News Index, Family Health, and Health & Medical Complete.


» Britannica Annals of American History

Explore the history of the United States through speeches, historical accounts, memoirs, poems, images and multimedia. Sponsored by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC).

» European Views of the Americas: 1493-1750

Contains more than 32,000 entries and is a comprehensive guide to printed records about the Americas written in Europe before 1750. It covers the history of European exploration as well as portrayals of Native American peoples. A wide range of subject areas are covered; from natural disasters to disease outbreaks and slavery.

» Gale: U.S. History Collection

Provides coverage of events in U.S. history, as well as current thinking and scholarly work relating to historical events.

» Gale: World History Collection

Provides coverage of events in world history, as well as current thinking and scholarly work relating to world events.

 Library Science

» Gale: Information Science and Library Issues Collection

Contains more than 100 industry journals for information professionals and knowledge workers covering topics such as information infrastructure, data processing techniques, and metadata architectures.

» Library, Information Science & Technology Abstracts

This research database provides indexing and abstracting for key library and information science journals, books, research reports and more.


» Gale: Psychology Collection

Explores emotions and how the human mind develops and diminishes over time. Contains more than 200 full-text psychology periodicals.

» ProQuest: Psychology

The database encompasses a wide range of topics from leading psychological and psychosomatic publications. In addition to clinical and social psychology, it also provides coverage of related disciplines including genetics, psychology of business and economics, communication, criminology, addiction, neurology, social welfare, and more.


PsycARTICLES is a database of full-text articles from journals published by the American Psychological Association, the APA Educational Publishing Foundation, the Canadian Psychological Association, and Hogrefe & Huber. The database includes all material from the print journals.

» psychotherapy.net

High quality training videos in the field of counseling, psychotherapy, and addiction. The majority of videos show therapists conducting therapy and demonstrating clinical skills, along with pre and post session discussions.


» Gale: Diversity Studies Collection

Explores cultural differences, contributions, and influences in our global community.  Contains more than 150 journals.

» Gale: Religion & Philosophy Collection

Comprises research on different religions, religious philosophies, and the influence of religion on daily life.

» Gale: General Science Collection

Contains more than 1,000 peer-reviewed scientific journals and covers the latest scientific developments.

» GreenFILE

A freely accessible research database focusing on the relationship between human beings and the environment, with information on topics such as global warming, green building, pollution, sustainable agriculture, renewable energy, recycling, alternate fuel sources and more.

» JoVE Biology

Peer reviewed scientific video journal, indexed in PubMed and devoted to the publication of biological, medical, chemical and physical research in a video format. JoVE uses video technology to capture and visually transmit experimental techniques in life science research.

» JoVE Science Education

A video database that focuses on teaching scientific fundamentals in biology, chemistry, clinical skills, environmental sciences and psychology.

» Proquest: Science & Technology

Searches across all ProQuest science and technology databases, including ProQuest Science Journals, and ProQuest Biology.

» Science 1997-

Online access to the full text of every article published since 1997 in Science, the weekly  journal of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

» Scientific American 1993-

Online access to the full text of every article published since 1993 in Scientific American.