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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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Gale Virtual Reference Library Database Logo
Pop Culture Universe: Icons, Idols, Ideas  is an authoritative digital library of information on American and world popular culture, past and present.

Kanopy Streaming includes films and educational documentaries.



SWANK Digital Campus provides access to over 200 commercial motion pictures.



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.

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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Digital Archives Database Logo.  Clicking on it takes you to Time Magazine Archives.

PROQUEST Newsstand Database Logo

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.

Time Magazine Archive (March 1923-December 2000) presents an extensive collection of the prominent weekly news magazine presented in a comprehensive cover-to-cover format.

Full-text articles from the National Newspapers (New York Times, Los Angeles TimesWall Street JournalWashington PostChristian Science Monitor) and the archive of New York Times-Historical (1851-2013).

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.
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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 "Schirmer Encyclopedia of Film" Picture of book cover for "International Dictionary of Films and Filmmakers: Writers and Production Artists" Picture of book cover for "Movies in American History: An Encyclopedia" Picture of book cover for "The Encyclopedia of Superheroes on Film and Television"

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 INTELECOM 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.  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.


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