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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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Science in Context is a full-text science database that provides a variety of  information for all science-related research needs. Content includes reference, peer-reviewed and technical periodicals, news, and multimedia.

Scientific American Archive Online provides cover to cover access of Scientific American in color PDF (full-text) from 1993 to the present (via

GREENR (Environment, Energy, Natural Resources) focuses on the academic study of sustainability and the environment. 

ScienceDirect provides access to nearly 2,500 journals and more than 33,000 books, covering 24 major disciplines across science, technology and health.

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. Platform has expanded e-journal access, including the e-journal Nature, and the full archive (1845-present) of Scientific American online.

EBSCOhost provides access to several periodical databases. Academic Search Premier 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.

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.
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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 (VAST) is a multidisciplinary collection of streaming video with approximately 17,000 full-length videos in 22 disciplines.  The Media Education Foundation Collection (Kanopy) includes documentary films and other educational resources to inspire critical thinking about the social, political, and cultural impact of American mass media.



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