Guide to Databases & Indexes

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ABELL: Annual Bibliography of English Language and Literature Over 880,000 citations for scholarly books, articles and reviews in the field of English studies, from 1920 - present. Links to full text.
Academic Search Premier Provides full text for over 4,600 journals and magazines, including book reviews, in a wide variety of disciplines, including biology, chemistry, engineering, physics, psychology, religion & theology and more.  Excellent starting point.
Access Science Online version of the Encyclopedia of Science & Technology, this resource includes the latest scientific news, biographies of scientists, and a study center featuring study guides, essays and bibliographies on various scientific topics. The Image Galleries provide graphics of scientific phenomena.
Accessible Archives 1728-1900. Provides access to eighteenth and nineteenth century periodicals and newspapers.
ACLS Humanities Ebooks This resource contains nearly 2,800 full-text titles in a fully searchable collection of high-quality books in the humanities, recommended and reviewed by scholars.
ACM Portal Full text collection on computing and technology from the Association of Computing Machinery.  Includes journals and conference proceedings.
ACS Journals Produced by the American Chemical Society, this group of publications is comprehensive collection of peer-reviewed journals in the chemical and related sciences. Over 34 full-text research journals are included.
AGRICOLA  AGRICOLA indexes information relating to all aspects of agriculture, forestry and animal science. Created by the National Agricultural Library of the U.S., this database provides coverage back to 1970.
America: History and Life Dates vary. Articles and book reviews about U.S. and Canadian historical topics. (see Historical Abstracts for the rest of the world)
American National Biography Biographical resource containing portraits of more than 18,700 men and women from all eras of American history.
Annual Reviews 1930 to present. Abstracts and full text of authoritative, analytic reviews in 40 focused disciplines within the Biomedical, Life, Physical, and Social Sciences.
Anthropology Plus All fields of anthropology as well as ethnology, archaeology, folklore, and linguistics.  Late 1800's to present.
ArchiveGrid Descriptions of archival collections owned by thousands of libraries, museums, historical societies and archives worldwide.
Argus plus other student and alumni news publications of IWU These records hold the opinions and artistry of students, alumni, faculty and administrators in the form of news about campus events, orations and essays spanning nearly every year from 1870 to the present.
Article1st Index to articles in the fields of business, humanities, medicine, popular culture, science, social science, and technology. Updated daily; 1990 to the present.
Art and Architecture Complete This database provides indexing and/or full-text coverage of books, journals, magazines and trade publications covering antiques, art and art history, interior and landscape design, and much more. It also includes over 64,000 images.
Art Index 1950 to 1993. Indexes articles in art periodicals with international coverage of research in art history. Includes book and exhibition reviews.  Continued by Art and Architecture Complete.
Arts & Humanities Citation Index A multidisciplinary index to the journal literature of the arts and humanities. Fully covers 1,160 of the world's leading arts and humanities journals and also indexes relevant items from over 6,800 major science and social science journals. 1975 to present.
ARTstor A repository of thousands of collections of digital images.  Topics include but are not limited to foreign languages, decorative design, African/American studies, classical studies, history, Medieval studies, photography, and women's studies.
ATLA Religion Database 1949 to present. provides access to international research literature on biblical studies, world religions, church history, and religion in social issues.

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Biography Index 1946 to 1993. Citations to biographies, autobiographies, interviews, obituaries, collections of letters, diaries, memoirs, juvenile literature, book reviews, bibliographies and exhibition reviews. Z5301.B5
Biological Abstracts Provides indexing from 1927-1999 for research reports, reviews, conference literature, and books on the life sciences, including biology and biomedicine. For more current information, refer to the BIOSIS Previews database. Call Number: QH301.B37 (fourth floor of Ames).
BioOne A collection of journals featuring peer-reviewed research in the biological, ecological, and environmental sciences. Coverage goes back to 1998.
BIOSIS Previews Abstracts and indexes information from over 5,500 sources for the life sciences, including journal articles, meeting and conference reports, books, and patents. Coverage extends back to 1980.
Birds of North America Comprehensive life histories bird species of USA and Canada. Includes articles & bibliographies on each bird, plus video and audio files for bird calls.
Black Thought and Culture Approximately 100,000 pages of monographs, essays, articles, speeches, and interviews written by leaders within the black community from the earliest times to the present.
Book Review Digest 1906 to 1993. Citations to reviews of current English-language fiction and nonfiction books for children and adults. An abstract of each book is also provided. Periodical coverage includes leading magazines from the United States, Canada and Great Britain. Z1279.C95
Book Review Index 1987 to 2007. provides quick access to reviews of books, periodicals, books on tape and electronic
media representing a wide range of popular, academic and professional interests. Z1035.A1 B6
Business Source Elite Provides full text for over 1,000 business publications and more than 10,100 substantial company profiles from Datamonitor. Updated on a daily basis, covers 1985 to present.

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CAMIO (Catalog of Art Museum Images Online) Collection of art images from around the world contributed and described by museums.
CCH Tax Research Network Collection of federal and state tax and financial and estate Planning information, including the Internal Revenue Code and IRS publications. PLEASE NOTE: First time users must create an account.
Classical Music in Video This collection contains performances of all forms of classical music, including major orchestral performances by leading orchestras, chamber music, oratorio, & solo performances, along with masterclasses & interviews with master teachers from around the world.
CQ Researcher In-depth reports that cover a wide range of hot topics and controversial issues. Each report is researched and written by a seasoned journalist and provides an introduction, background, assessment of the current situation, pro/con statements and a list of key sources. 1923 to present.
CQ Weekly Congressional Quarterly's weekly magazine on government, commerce, and politics.  It covers virtually every act of Congress and provides in-depth reports on current issues as well as a summary of the previous week's news, including the status of bills in play, behind-the-scenes maneuvering, committee and floor activity, debates and all roll-call votes. 1983 to present. 
Center for Research Libraries (CRL) Collections of journals, documents, archives and other traditional and digital resources for research and teaching.
Checkpoint Tax and Financial Research
Chemical Abstracts See SciFinder Web for more information.
Chicago Tribune - Current 1985 to present. Full text articles.
Chicago Tribune - Historical 1849 - 1987. Full text articles.
Choice Reviews Online Reviews of academic books, media, and Internet resources.
CINAHL Plus with full text 1937 to present. Mostly full text articles from 750 nursing and allied health journals.
Columbia International Affairs Online (ciao) Collection of sources for theory & research in international affairs from 1991 onward.  Includes working papers from university research institutes, occasional papers series from NGOs, foundation-funded research projects, proceedings from conferences, books, journals & policy briefs.
Consumer Health Complete Geared towards patient information needs, this database provides comprehensive health information covering such topics as aging, cancer, diabetes, drugs and alcohol, fitness, nutrition and dietetics, children's health, men and women's health, and more. It also provides full-text for more than 200 health reference books and encyclopedias.
CRC Handbook of Chemistry & Physics Comprehensive one-volume reference resource for science research, currently in its 93rd edition. 

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Dance in Video Contain five hundred hours of dance productions and documentaries by the most influential performers and companies of the 20th century. Selections cover ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary, experimental, and improvisational dance, as well as forerunners of the forms and the pioneers of modern concert dance.
Digital Public Library of America Brings together the riches of America’s libraries, archives, and museums, and makes them freely available to the world. It strives to contain the full breadth of human expression, from the written word, to works of art and culture, to records of America’s heritage, to the efforts and data of science.
Direction of Trade Statistics Online This online service provides data on the value of merchandise exports and imports between each country and all its trading partners. 
DRAM Provides access to sound archives, liner notes and essays from New World Composers Recordings.
Early American Imprints, Series I: Evans, 1639-1800 An excellent resource for researching every aspect of 17th- and 18th-century America, this digital collection contains virtually every book, pamphlet and broadside published in America over a 160-year period.
Early English Books Online Early English Books Online (EEBO) contains digital facsimile page images of virtually every work printed in England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales and British North America and works in English printed elsewhere from 1473-1700.
EconLit Published by the American Economic Association, covers a wide range of economics-related literature. Covers 1969 - present.
Education in Video This collection was developed specifically for training and developing teachers and includes; teaching demonstrations, lectures, documentaries, and primary-source footage of students and teachers in actual classrooms.
Education Research Complete This database provides indexing and fulltext coverage of scholarly research and information relating to all areas of education. Topics covered include all levels of education from early childhood to higher education, multilingual education, health education and testing as well as areas of curriculum instruction, administration, policy, funding, and related social issues.
Elsevier ScienceDirect College Edition This resource provides full text access to over 100 peer-reviewed journals in the natural and physical sciences. Coverage dates vary by journal.
Environmental Sciences Collection Comprehensive coverage of all the environmental sciences and sustainability sciences.  Abstracts and citations are drawn from scientific journals, conference proceedings, reports, books, and gov't publications.  1967 to present with some fulltext.
ERIC - Education Resources Information Center 1966 to present. Access to millions of citations to education-related scholarly journals, books, conference papers, technical reports, policy papers, syllabi, and more.  Full text is available for some items.
Ethnographic Video Online I and II This collection has a wide range of streaming video, written ethnographies, field notes, seminal texts, memoirs, and contemporary studies, covering human behavior the world over.
European Views of America: 1493-1750 This database indexes more than 32,000 records about the Americas written in Europe before 1750. It covers the history of European exploration as well as portrayals of Native American peoples.

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Filmakers Library Online

Award-winning documentaries with relevance across the curriculum—race and gender studies, human rights, globalization and global studies, multiculturalism, international relations, criminal justice, the environment, bioethics, health, political science and current events, psychology, arts, literature, and more.

Fitne for Healthcare Education

(includes Critical Thinking in Nursing Management, Sterile Technique, Therapeutic Communication)

Multimedia resource designed to develop nursing leadership and management skills through simulated situations. Note: At the login page, click on the "Enter the VLRC" bar to access the modules -- no need to use your IWU credentials!
Gallup Brain The Gallup Brain features answers to more than 125,000 questions, and responses from more than 3.5 million people interviewed by The Gallup Poll since 1935.
Garland World Encyclopedia of World Music Online First comprehensive online resource devoted to music research of all the world's peoples. More than 9,000 pages of material, combined with entries by more than 700 expert contributors from all over the world, make this the most complete body of work focused on world music.
Going Global Going Global provides more than 10,000 resources for finding international employment at home and abroad. Featuring 24 countries, users can consult insider tips and professional advice on such topics as employment trends, salary ranges, job search resources, networking groups, resume/CV writing guidelines and work permit/visa regulations.
Google Scholar "Google Scholar provides a simple way to broadly search for scholarly literature. From one place, you can search across many disciplines and sources: articles, theses, books, abstracts and court opinions, from academic publishers, professional societies, online repositories, universities and other web sites."
GPO Monthly Catalog Covers all types of U.S. government documents, including Congressional reports, hearings, debates, and records; judiciary materials; and documents issued by executive departments. 1976 to present.
GreenFile
Interdisciplinary environmental topics from both scholarly and popular sources.  1913 to present.
HathiTrust Digital preservation repository that provides long-term preservation and access services for public domain and in copyright content from a variety of sources, including Google, the Internet Archive, Microsoft, and in-house partner institution initiatives.
Health Source: Consumer Edition Provides full text access to 80 consumer health magazines, pamphlets, and reference books.
Health Source: Nursing/Academic Edition Provides full text for nearly 550 full text journals. Includes Lexi-PAL Drug Guide with patient education sheets and Merriam-Websters Medical Desk Dictionary.
Historical Abstracts 1972 to present. Articles and book reviews on worldwide historical topics except U.S. and Canada. (see America: History and Life)
Historical Statistics of the United States Quantitative facts of American history including data on slavery, American Indians, and poverty.
Hoover's Online

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In-depth information on companies and industries in the U.S. and worldwide.
Humanities Index 1974 to 1993. Indexes scholarly sources in the humanities, as well as numerous lesser-known but important specialized magazines.  AI3.H85

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IBISWorld Industry Intelligence IBISWorld produces and publishes over 700 US Industry Reports. Research reports contain trends, statistics and analysis on market size, market share of competitors and industry growth rates. Major market segments are identified and also those forces affecting supply and demand within the industry. Performance analysis includes emerging industry trends as well as recent production performance.
ICPSR Inter-university consortium for political and social research - maintains and provides access to a vast archive of social science data, covering a broad range of disciplines including political science, sociology, demography, economics, history, education, gerontology, criminal justice, public health, foreign policy, and law.
In the First Person Indexes more than 2,500 collections of oral history from around the world, including letters, diaries, oral histories, memoirs, and autobiographies.
NOTE: A small percentage of materials in this database require subscriptions and may not be available.
Ingenta Ingenta provides access to the abstracts of over 17,000 journals in a variety of subjects. Coverage varies between journals. Full-text access is available for some articles; some articles require payment - please contact a librarian for assistance if you are asked to pay for any article.
International Bibliography of Theatre and Dance 1955 to present.  For theatre arts and related areas.  Some full text, including journal articles and books.
International Financial Statistics Detailed tabulations of international and domestic finance data from 1948, including exchange rates, fund position, international liquidity, monetary statistics, interest rates, prices, production, labor, international transactions, government accounts, national accounts, and population. Produced by the International Monetary Fund.
IPA Source Largest library of International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) transcriptions and literal translations of opera arias and art song texts. Now with over 3500 texts including 500 opera-aria texts!
Jewish Studies Source Multidisciplinary resource for the study of Jewish civilization from its historical origins to the present. Contains over 400 full-text titles.
JSTOR 1800s to present. This multi-interdisciplinary database provides full-text access to over 1,600 journals across the humanities, social sciences, and sciences. The most recently published issues (past 3-5 years) are not available.

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L'Année Philologique Specialized bibliographic database of scholarly works relating to all aspects of ancient Greek and Roman civilizations. Its subjects are Greek and Latin literature and linguistics, including early Christian texts and patristics, Greek and Roman history, art, archaeology, philosophy, religion, mythology, music, science, and scholarly subspecialties such as numismatics, papyrology and epigraphy.
LexisNexis Provides access to five billion documents from more than 40,000 legal, news and business sources.
Library, Information Technology Science Abstracts with Full Text Subject coverage includes librarianship, classification, cataloging, bibliometrics, online information retrieval, information management and more. Coverage in the database extends back as far as the mid-1960s.
Literature Resource Center Literary criticism, biographies, bibliographies, articles, compare and contrast pages, full-text author's works, and reading lists. Includes key sources such as Contemporary Authors, Dictionary of Literary Biography, and Contemporary Literary Criticism.
MathSciNet 1940 to present. Comprehensive database covering the world's mathematical literature since 1940; provides free access to Featured Reviews from the Mathematical Reviews database commissioned for books and papers considered particularly important in their respective areas.
MEDLINE 1950 to present. Journals of medicine published internationally.
Military and Government Collection A useful source of current information on all branches of the military, this database provides access to government information such as the Daily Compilation of Presidential Documents as well as copies of primary sources.
MLA International Bibliography Provides access to more than 4,400 journals & series and 1,000 book publishers, covering literature, languages, linguistics, and folklore. Produced by the Modern Language Association. 1926 to present.
MLA Directory of Periodicals Provides detailed information on over 5,500 journals, with 4,400 currently indexed in the International Bibliography, including editorial contact information, circulation, subscription prices and submission guidelines. 
Music Index 1949 to 2003.  Surveys 850 music periodicals from over 40 countries.  Continued by Music Index Online, below.
Music Index 1973 to present. Indexes articles in  music periodicals with international coverage of research in music, including historical, theoretical, classical, popular, jazz and world music.  Includes book, performance and recording reviews.
Music Online

Includes streaming audio and musical scores on the web, covering classical music, contemporary world music, African-American Music, and American music.

Musical America A key resource to current news regarding the business of music & performing arts
Nation Archive  1865 to present. Mostly full text access to a journal of politics, economics, education, foreign policy, international relations and other social issues. One month delay for current issue.
National Newspapers Premier Current full text articles from national and regional newspapers, including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Washington Post. Coverage from 1980.
Nature Provides online access to the journal Nature, which publishes original scientific research as well as review articles about recent developments in various scientific disciplines. Coverage extends back to 2005.
NBER Working Papers Provides access to reports published by the National Bureau of Economic Research. 1973 to present.
New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics A collection of articles, written by the world's most influential economists, and definitions of economic terms.  Contains the full text of the 8-volume print edition. Updated quarterly.
Newspaper Source Current full-text coverage for many major U.S. newspapers, including the New York Times, Boston Globe, and the Christian Science Monitor, as well as international newspapers such as the Irish Times, the Sydney Morning Herald, and the Times of India. Also available are radio and TV news transcripts including ABC, CBC, CBS, CNBC, CNN, Fox, MSNBC, National Public Radio, PBS, and more.
New York Times - Historical  1851 to 2007. (1980-present in Lexis/Nexis)
Nursing Education in Video This collection of videos was created specifically for the education and training of nurses, nursing assistants, and other healthcare workers. All of the videos in the collection have been created with the guidance of the Medcom-Trainex advisory board, and are regularly reviewed for accuracy, currency, and compliance with US Federal regulations from agencies such as OSHA and CMS.

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OAIster A catalog of more than 19 million digital resources from over 1,000 organizations. Digital resources including digitized books and articles, born-digital texts, audio files, images, movies, and datasets. Collections including theses, technical reports, research papers, and image collections.
OmniFile Full Text Select 1994 to present. Full text articles in science, humanities, education and business.
Opera in Video Contains over five hundred hours of the most important opera performances, captured on video through staged productions, interviews, and documentaries. Selections represent the world’s best performers, conductors, and opera houses and are based on a work’s importance to the operatic canon.
Oxford Music Online Oxford's menu of music reference sources including "New Grove Dictionary of Music & Musicians", 2nd edition.
Oxford Reference Online Online access to dictionaries, thesauruses, encyclopedia, and other subject reference books.  Maps & illustrations all full text.
PapersFirst 1993 to present. Index of papers presented at conferences.
Perseus An evolving digital library containing a wide range of source materials in Classical Studies
Petit Robert Electronic version of a key French language dictionary.
Political Science Complete This database contains indexing and fulltext coverage of nearly 2,100 political science journals as well as full-text reference books and conference papers. It has a worldwide focus, reflecting the globalization of contemporary political discourse.
Poole's Index to Periodical Literature 1802 to 1906. Indexes to 479 articles in American and English periodicals. Call number AI3 .P7.
Pop Culture Universe A comprehensive collection of images, articles, and other  information on current  popular culture starting with 1920.
Proceedings First 1993 to present. Citations to conference publications.
Professional Development 1965 to present. Citations to articles about library science & education; covers pedagogy to practice.
Project Muse A comprehensive selection of peer reviewed humanities and social sciences journals. Access to complete content for more than 400 journals.
PsycArticles Full Text access to over 30,000 articles from 50+ peer reviewed journals published by the American Psychological Association. Use the PsycInfo database (below) for more complete coverage in the field of Psychology and related fields.  
PsycINFO 1806 to present. Abstracts and citations for psychological, social, behavioral, and health sciences articles, books, chapters and dissertations. The database includes material of relevance to psychologists and professionals in related fields such as psychiatry, management, business, education, social science, neuroscience, law, medicine, and social work.
PubMed 1950 to present. Citations and abstracts for more than 19 million citations for biomedical articles from MEDLINE and life science journals. Citations may include links to full-text articles from PubMed Central or publisher web sites.

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Readers' Guide to Periodical Literature 1900-1993.  AI3 .R48. This is the lead title of a number of print-only indexes that cover popular literature, which most online databases won't locate, by author or subject names. Use them to find citations you can order through ILLiad for primary and secondary sources published during these eras.  There's also the International Readers' Guide and the Nineteenth century readers' guide to periodical literature, 1890-1899 in the same area.
Regional Business News This database provides access to many smaller, regional business publications in the U.S. and Canada.
TRIAL - April 1 - 18, 2014

Research Monitor
Introduction to Euromonitor International's industry and country research with reports for 80 countries and daily articles and opinions from industry and country experts. 
RILM Music Abstracts 1969 to present. comprehensive music bibliography featuring citations, abstracts, and indexes. International coverage of traditional, popular, and classical music, representing disciplines that include musicology, ethnomusicology, pedagogy, psychology, anthropology, sociology and others.
Roper Center Public Opinion Archive 1935-present. iPOLL database consists of 500,000 questions and answers asked in the US. RoperExpress makes datasets available for analysis.
Saskia Digital Art Images 30,000 digital images of paintings, sculpture and architecture from around the globe.
Science Provides online access to the peer-reviewed journal Science, published by the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Content includes original research results, developments in all fields of science and review articles. Full-text coverage is available back to 1997.
Science Citation Index This database indexes leading science and technology journals as well as some symposia proceedings. It features cited reference searching, which allows users to discover who has cited a particular article or author. Coverage goes back to 1975.
SciFinder Web

First-time users must register before using. Registration is free.

This resource is the online version of Chemical Abstracts, which indexes chemical research reported in journal articles, patents, symposia, conference proceedings, dissertations, technical reports, and new books. Coverage goes back to 1907.
SIAM Epubs Full text articles from journals published by the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) from 1997 to present.
SIAM Locus Archive of full text articles from journals published by the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) from journals' inception to 1996.  (Use SIAM Epubs to search for articles from 1997 to the present.)
Social Sciences and Humanities Index 1965 to 1974. AI3.R490. Indexes scholarly sources in the humanities, as well as numerous lesser-known but important specialized magazines.
Social Sciences Citation Index 1975 to present. Multidisciplinary index of over 1,950 journals across 50 social sciences disciplines. It also indexes individually selected, relevant items from over 3,300 of the world's leading scientific and technical journals.  Citation search allows you to track who has cited older articles from their publication to the present.
SocIndex Covers international literature in sociology and related disciplines in the social and behavioral sciences.
Standard and Poor's NetAdvantage Provides in-depth company and industry information, market news, independent credit ratings, indices, risk evaluation, investment research, data and valuations.
Statesman's Yearbook Information on all 194 countries in the world plus states and dependencies, covering key historical events, population and more.
Statistical Abstract of the U.S. Authoritative and comprehensive summary of statistics on the social, political, and economic conditions of the United States.

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Theatre in Video Contains more than 250 definitive performances of the world's leading plays, together with more than 100 film documentaries, online in streaming video - more than 500 hours in all, representing hundreds of leading playwrights, actors and directors.
Thesaurus Linguae Graecae The Thesaurus Linguae Graecae (TLG) is a comprehensive digital library of Greek literature containing digitized versions of most literary texts written in Greek from Homer to the fall of Byzantium in AD 1453.
Ulrich's Periodical Directory A bibliographic database providing detailed, comprehensive, and authoritative information on academic and scholarly journals, Open Access publications, peer-reviewed titles, popular magazines, newspapers, newsletters, and more from around the world.
USA Trade Online Provides current and cumulative U.S. export and import data on more than 18,000 export commodities and 24,000 import commodities worldwide; monthly and annual trade statistics at the district and port level, as well as state exports.
Wall Street Journal The financial newspaper of record offering in-depth coverage of national and international finance as well as first rate coverage of hard news. This database allows access from 1984-present.  Print index from 1967 to present available: HG1.W258.
Wiley Online Library This resource provides full-text access to journals in science, technology and medicine. Coverage dates vary by journal.
Wilson OmniFile Select - moved to OmniFile Full Text Select 1994 to present. Full text articles in science, humanities, education and business. 
Women and Social Movements in the United States: 1600-2000 A collection of  91 document projects and archives with more than 3,600 documents and 150,000 pages of additional full-text documents, and more than 2,060 primary authors. Includes book, film, and website reviews, notes from the archives, and teaching tools.
WorldCat Massive international catalog of books, a/v materials, journal holdings and more.  IWU's catalog is included, and other items listed in Worldcat are available through IWU Interlibrary Loan.
World Bank Data Catalog A listing of free World Bank data sources, including databases, pre-formatted tables and reports. Search results can be exported in different formats, such as Excel. Users can also choose to download the entire database directly from the catalog.
World Development Indicators Access to more than 865 development indicators with time series for more than 225 countries and 18 country groups from 1960 to the present, where data are available. Produced by The World Bank Group.
Zoological Record Provides a comprehensive index to worldwide publications covering all areas of zoology and animal science, including anatomy, behavior, conservation, distribution, ecology, evolution, nutrition, systematic, and veterinary science. Coverage goes back to 1978.

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