Resources Available

  • Books – Use WebCat on any of the online computer catalogs to find books, video cassettes, compact discs or instructor’s reserve materials that are available in our library. Books, videos and compact discs are arranged using the Library of Congress Classification system. If you need help at any time, ask a librarian for assistance. To locate books and materials that are in other libraries, use WorldCat.  This is an online catalog of libraries’  holdings from all over the United States.   If you find a book in WorldCat, you may fill out an interlibrary loan form and we will request the book or material from one of the libraries that own the item.  It usually takes one to two weeks for books to arrive.
  • There are several good online book collections. These offer the full text of the entire book.
  • Magazine or Journal Articles – Use the Readers’ Guide to Periodical Literature for research on general topics, news, political events, etc. Includes indexing to 240 popular magazines including Newsweek, Time, and U.S. News & World Report. This is located at the beginning of the Reference Section. We do not subscribe to all of the journals indexed in the Readers’ Guide. If you find a citation to an article that you want, check the listing of all periodicals that are available at Meijer Library. If the magazine you need is not available at Meijer Library or from an online source, fill out an interlibrary loan request for a copy of the article(s). There is no charge for this service.

    The following electronic indexes to magazines and journal articles are available on the Internet.

  • Magazine or Journal Articles Using FirstSearch
    FirstSearch is one of the library’s main online search services. There are currently eleven databases available on FirstSearch. Full text articles are available in Wilson Select Plus database. If you have a specific periodical title that you need to find, you may search our periodical holdings list to see which database to use. The following are our most-used databases in FirstSearch:

    • WilsonSelect is a comprehensive database with a wide range of topics with the fulltext of all articles available.
    • MEDLINE is used when looking for medical topics. Because of its depth of medical coverage, it is used primarily by nursing and allied health students. The abstracts of the articles can be very lengthy; therefore searching should be limited to the medical subject headings which are attached to each article.
    • ERIC is used when looking for topics in education. It contains papers, reports, lesson plans and journal articles.

  • InfoTrac Formerly SearchBank. General Reference Center Gold (coverage from 1980 to present) is a general interest/business database to search magazines, newspapers, and reference books for information on business, industry, current events, the arts, science, entertainment, etc. Also available is Health Reference Center-Academic which includes indexing of health literature from September, 1995 to present. A password is required for off-campus access. Call the Reference Desk (777-0326) or send email to


  • WilsonWeb
    • Biography Reference Bank provided by H.W. Wilson. This database is a combination of biographies (over 95,000) and biographical citations to sources. Many of the sources include pictures.
    • JSTOR is a journal storage archive. Meijer Library currently subscribes to two of the arts and sciences databases. Use JSTOR to search for scholarly articles published from the late 1800s to approximately five years ago. This is an excellent source for history, sociology, political science, math, economics, literature, African American studies, anthropology, archaeology, Asian studies, and philosophy.


  • Newspaper Articles – Newspaper articles on your topic may be located by using any of our online newspaper databases. The Detroit Free Press has searchable archives from 1982. The last year of The New York Times are available via Meijer Library’s InfoTrac site. The New York Times from 1857 to present are also available via ProQuest. A password is required to access ProQuest. The Detroit News is available on the Internet from 1999 to present with password. Newspaper Abstracts, available on FirstSearch, is an index to over 50 national and regional newspapers.
  • Internet Research – You may use the Internet at any of the Internet computers to find additional information about your topic. A good starting place is our Meijer Library Internet Directory. Users must sign up at the reference desk before using the Internet. Anyone using the stations must comply with our Internet Guidelines.

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    • Biographical Information – Be sure to check Biography Index which is located on the index tables and available on FirstSearch. We also have many biographical sources in our reference collection including Current Biography Yearbook, Almanac of Famous People, and several ethnic and topical biographical works. Use the GaleNet database, Biography and Genealogy Master Index and Biography Reference Bank for comprehensive research.
    • GaleNet Databases. These currently include: