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Search Multiple Databases: About this search

Search Library Databases

How this search works

You’ll find the Library Databases search box on the Library homepage, on many of the OASIS webpages, and at the top of this guide.

This search box searches most (but not all) of the Library’s databases at the same time and includes peer-reviewed journals, books, encyclopedias, handbooks, magazines, newspapers, and videos. You can see the full list of databases that are included below.

Search strategies

Since this search box searches multiple databases, there are some search strategies that can be helpful for finding relevant information quickly and efficiently. For more detailed information on setting up your search, read through the rest of this guide. 

Too many results

  • Use limiters (on the left-side menu on the results page) such as full text, peer review, and publication date. 
  • Search important keywords in the article title or abstract. To do this, on the results page, use the drop-down menu on the right side of each search box. For example, to search for a keyword in the article title, select TI Title in the drop-down menu.
  • Add more concepts to your search. For example, if you're searching for what makes first-generation college students successful, you might add in the term financial aid to narrow your search further.

Too few results 

  • Check your spelling.
  • Make sure you entered one idea or concept per search box. 
  • Add synonyms. ​For example, if you're searching for drug abuse try searching drug abuse or drug addiction or substance abuse. 
  • Remove concepts from your search. For example, if you're searching how financial aid influences the success of first-generation college students, consider removing financial aid and exploring the literature on other factors that influence success. 

Databases included in this search

The following databases are searched when using the Library Database search box:

  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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 Library Databases search box:

  • 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.