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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

What databases are included in a Thoreau search?

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.

Databases in Thoreau

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

  • Academic Search Complete
  • ACM Digital Library
  • Annual Reviews
  • Business Plans Handbook
  • Business Source Complete
  • 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
  • Counseling and Psychotherapy Transcripts, Client Narratives, and Reference Works
  • Counseling and Therapy in Video
  • CQ Researcher
  • Database of Abstracts of Reviews of Effects (DARE)
  • EBSCO ebooks
  • Education Source
  • Education Research Starters
  • Education Source
  • Emerald Management
  • ERIC
  • Expanded Academic ASAP
  • Gale Virtual Reference Library
  • General Science Collection
  • GreenFILE
  • HathiTrust
  • Health and Psychosocial Instruments (HaPI)
  • Health Technology Assessments
  • Hospitality & Tourism Complete
  • IBISWorld
  • IEEE Xplore Digital Library
  • International Security and Counter Terrorism Reference Center
  • LegalTrac
  • LexisNexis Academic - Law Reviews only
  • LGBT Life with Full Text
  • Library, Information Science & Technology Abstracts
  • MEDLINE with Full Text
  • Mental Measurements Yearbook with Tests in Print
  • Military and Government Collection
  • NHS Economic Evaluation Database
  • Nursing Books from Ovid
  • Opposing Viewpoints in Context
  • Ovid Nursing Journals Full Text
  • Oxford Criminology Bibliographies
  • Oxford Education Bibliographies
  • Political Science Complete
  • Project Muse
  • ProQuest Ebook Central
  • PsycBOOKS
  • PsycEXTRA
  • PsychiatryOnline
  • Psychological Experiments Online
  • PsycINFO
  • PsycTESTS
  • Public Administration Abstracts
  • ReferenceUSA
  • Regional Business News
  • SAGE Knowledge (formerly SAGE Encyclopedias)
  • SAGE Premier
  • 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 Complete (ProQuest)**
  • Accounting, Tax, & Banking Collection (ProQuest)**
  • Business Market Research Collection (Hoover's Company Profiles)
  • Chronicle of Higher Education (The)
  • Digital National Security Archive (ProQuest)**
  • Embase**
  • GuideStar
  • Homeland Security Digital Library
  • ICPSR - Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research Datasets
  • Joanna Briggs Institute EBP Database
  • LearnTechLib--The Learning and Technology Library (formerly ED/IT Digital Library)
  • Market Share Reporter
  • National Bureau of Economic Research
  • Papers Invited (Pivot)
  • Pivot
  • ProQuest Central**
  • ProQuest Computing**
  • ProQuest Criminal Justice**
  • ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global
  • ProQuest Health & Medical Complete**
  • ProQuest Nursing & Allied Health Source**
  • ProQuest Science Journals**
  • SAGE Stats


**Thoreau indexes most material also found in these databases.

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