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Thoreau: Search Multiple Databases: About Thoreau

Search Library Databases

What is Thoreau?

Thoreau is a multi-database search tool developed for the Walden University Library.

Thoreau searches much of the Library's collection, but not everything. Not all databases or all Library content is searchable through Thoreau due to publishers' licensing and copyright restrictions.

When to use Thoreau to search

A Thoreau search is useful for: 

  • undergraduate research
  • graduate research for discussions and smaller papers
  • topics that fit under a variety of subject areas
  • a broad search if you get few results in a subject-specific database
  • a general exploratory search to get an idea of where research might be published, either in individual journals or databases

When not to use Thoreau to search

A Thoreau search should not be used for Doctoral capstone research for your dissertation or project study.

Doctoral candidates may use Thoreau for exploratory research, but it is important to search individual databases because: 

  • in Chapter 2 of your dissertation you must document your research strategy and include the names of specific databases you searched
  • Thoreau is a search tool specific to Walden, so it is not a search tool you can mention in regards to your research
  • subject-specific databases have specific advanced limiters for more precise searching

Not all databases or all Library content is searchable through Thoreau due to database licensing. To be exhaustive in your research, make sure to search individual databases in addition to Thoreau.

Subscription databases in Thoreau

The following databases are being searched when using the Thoreau database:

  • Academic Search Complete
  • Academic Video Online (AVON)
  • Annual Reviews
  • APA PsycArticles
  • APA PsycBooks
  • APA PsycExtra
  • APA PsycInfo
  • APA PsycTests
  • Business Plans Handbook
  • Business Source Complete
  • Chronicle of Higher Education
  • CINAHL Plus with Full Text
  • Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials
  • Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
  • Cochrane Methodology Register
  • Communications and Mass Media Complete
  • Computers and Applied Sciences Complete
  • CQ Researcher
  • Data Axle (formerly ReferenceUSA)
  • Dissertations & Theses @ Walden University (dissertations in ScholarWorks)
  • EBSCO ebooks
  • Education Research Starters
  • Education Source
  • Emerald Insight
  • ERIC
  • Gale Academic OneFile Select
  • Gale eBooks
  • Gale in Context: Opposing Viewpoints
  • Gale OneFile: LegalTrac
  • GreenFILE
  • HathiTrust
  • Health and Psychosocial Instruments (HaPI)
  • Hospitality & Tourism Complete
  • IBISWorld
  • IEEE Xplore Digital Library
  • International Security and Counter Terrorism Reference Center
  • LGBT+ Source
  • Library, Information Science & Technology Abstracts
  • MEDLINE with Full Text
  • Mental Measurements Yearbook with Tests in Print
  • Military and Government Collection
  • National Bureau of Economic Research
  • NexisUni (formerly LexisNexis Academic) - Law Reviews only
  • Ovid Nursing Books
  • Ovid Nursing Journals Full Text
  • Political Science Complete
  • Project Muse
  • ProQuest Ebook Central
  • PsychiatryOnline
  • Public Administration Abstracts
  • Regional Business News
  • SAGE Journals
  • SAGE Knowledge
  • SAGE Research Methods Online
  • ScienceDirect
  • ScholarWorks (Walden journals & dissertations)
  • Social Work Abstracts
  • SocINDEX with Full Text
  • Springer e-books
  • Taylor and Francis Online
  • Teacher Reference Center
  • Walden Library Books

The following databases are NOT being searched when using the Thoreau database:‚Äč

  • ABI/INFORM Collection (ProQuest)**
  • Accounting, Tax, & Banking Collection (ProQuest)**
  • Awarded Grants
  • Business Market Research Collection (ProQuest)**
  • Computer Science Database (ProQuest)**
  • Counseling and Therapy in Video
  • Criminal Justice Database (ProQuest)**
  • Data-Planet
  • Dissertations & Theses @ Walden University (dissertations not in ScholarWorks)
  • Embase**
  • GuideStar
  • Homeland Security Digital Library
  • ICPSR - Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research Datasets
  • JBI EBP Database
  • LearnTechLib--The Learning and Technology Library
  • Market Share Reporter
  • National Bureau of Economic Research
  • Pivot-RP
  • ProQuest Central**
  • ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global
  • ProQuest Ebook Central**
  • ProQuest Health & Medical Collection**
  • ProQuest Nursing & Allied Health Database**
  • ProQuest Religion Database**
  • ProQuest Science Journals**


**A significant percentage of the content in these databases can be found in Thoreau through other indexes.