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Start Your Research with Library Databases!

Library databases provide access to thousands of articles and ebooks you'll need for your research. Library databases can be accessed off campus by entering your SURF ID and password. For a complete list view our Databases by Subject listing.

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The Chronicle of Higher Education Database Logo

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Professional Development Collection provides a highly specialized collection of electronic information especially for professional educators, professional librarians and education researchers.

The Chronicle of Higher Education provides online access to all locked content of, which is a weekly news and job-information source for college and university faculty members, administrators, and students.


ERIC, the Education Resource Information Center (EBSCOhost), provides access to education literature and resources.

Articles & Journals

Periodicals are important sources of information in your research. Library databases include articles from magazines, newspapers, and scholarly journals. Need more information on popular and scholarly periodicals? Check out the link Is it a Magazine or a Journal? For a list of all periodical databases, consult the Databases by Subject page.

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JSTOR provides full-text access to articles from over 1400 scholarly journals in a diverse array of arts, humanities, and social sciences disciplines.  EBSCOhost provides access to several periodical databases. Academic Search Ultimate contains full text articles from mostly academic/scholarly journals. Masterfile Premier provides more general and popular periodicals.

Gale Virtual Reference Library provides background information, including facts, dates, biographies, and statistics on thousands of topics in law, politics, health, social issues, culture, and much more.

Books & eBooks

The MiraCosta College Library owns copies of over 200,000 books and ebooks! To locate books in print and ebooks, use the Library Catalog . If you wish to access the ebooks from off-campus, you will need to enter your SURF ID and password. Try the Databases by Subject list for additional reference, periodical, and ebook databases.
Picture of book cover "School Reform" Picture of book cover "Back to School: Why Everyone Deserves a Second Chance at Education" Picture of book cover for "The Complete IEP Guide: How to Advocate for your Special Ed Child" Picture of book cover for "School: An Introduction to Education"

Try Library Reference & eBooks Databases

Reference & eBook databases provide background information and in-depth research on many research topics.  Popular databases include: Gale Virtual Reference Library; Oxford Reference Online; EBSCO eBooks; Britannica Online, and Springer eBooks.
Picture of book cover for "Early Childhood Education: An International Encyclopedia" Picture of book cover "Dictionary of Education" by Oxford Picture of book cover "Psychology of Classroom Learning: An Encyclopedia" Picture of the book cover "The College Blue Book: 43rd Edition"

Multimedia Sources

The MiraCosta College subscribes to several streaming video databases containing documentaries and educational videos. If accessing streaming databases from off-campus, you will be prompted for your SURF ID and password.
Films on Demand Digital Educational Video Database Logo Academic Video Online Database Logo Media Education Foundation Logo INTELECOM Online Resources Network Database Logo
Films On Demand provides streaming educational videos on subject areas including Archival Films & Newsreels, Social Sciences, Business, Science, Health & Medicine and more. Academic Video Online is a multidisciplinary collection of streaming video with approximately 17,000 full-length videos in 22 disciplines. 

Film Collection from Media Education Foundation (streaming video from Kanopy Streaming) produces and distributes documentary films and other educational resources to inspire critical thinking about the social, political, and cultural impact of American mass media. Includes documentaries about education and teacher development.

Intelecom is a searchable video clip database covering a wide variety of disciplines. Topic-specific clips average 3 to 5 minutes in length and are closed-captioned.


Web Resources