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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.


Gale Literary Sources integrates Literature Resources from Gale and Literature Criticism Online into a single research environment to help you take your research to new levels. Literature Reference Shelf (Salem Press) includes critical insights of selected authors, works, and themes; overviews of countries, peoples and cultures; and career descriptions Gale Virtual Reference Library has extensive full-text eBooks  covering literature, science, history, science and technology. With GVRL, users have access to thousands of eBooks for every research purpose.

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.


JSTOR provides full-text access to articles from over 1400 scholarly journals in an array of arts, humanities, and social sciences disciplines.  Ebscohost is a powerful online reference system that offers a variety of proprietary full text databases and popular databases from leading information providers. Literature Criticism Online offers scholarly and popular commentary from broadsheets, pamphlets, encyclopedias, books and periodicals dating back centuries.


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.

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.

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

Films On Demand streams educational videos on subject areas including Archival Films & Newsreels, Social Sciences, Business, Science, Health & Medicine and more.

Kanopy presents streaming movies and documentaries for film lovers.  Film Platform offers films available for streaming. Browse titles by name, topic, language, country and filmmaker. 


Web Resources