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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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Oxford Music Online is an integrated music resource on the web, including the full text of The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians (second edition), The New Grove Dictionary of Opera, and The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz (second edition).

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

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.

The Complete Music & Dance package from Alexander Street Press combines existing streaming music and video databases into one easy to search interface, and expands the available content to include related reference 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.

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. Opposing Viewpoints in Context provides full-text periodical articles, viewpoint essays, reference material, statistics, topic overviews, and select web sites on social issues.

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.
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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.
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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. Music Online by Alexander Street Press consists of the following collections: American Music, Jazz Music Library, Contemporary World Music, Classical Music Library, Popular Music and the Smithsonian Global Song, as well as many others.


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