Databases A to Z

The Central Arkansas Library System makes a number of research databases available for use in the library. Registered library card holders may also use many of these databases from home. Unless otherwise noted, please use your library card number to gain access to these databases. Databases with no link to click on may only be used in the library.

If you need assistance using these databases or finding information, please call 918-3000 or email

  • Academic Search Elite (Ebscohost) – This database provides fulltext articles from over 2,000 scholarly journals, many peer-reviewed, and covers virtually every area of academic study. *
  • African American Experience – A collection that taps a tremendous variety of sources to aid in understanding African American history and its relation to greater U.S. history. *
  • African-American Heritage – A resource exclusively devoted to African American family history research. Includes such records as draft cards from World Wars I and II, the Freedman's Bank, and the US Census, as well as help finding other information sources.
  • American Indian Experience – An online collection featuring reference content, hundreds of primary documents, and thousands of images, spanning from pre-contact to the colonial era into the 21st century, and from the Inuit of Alaska to the Seminole of Florida. *

The American Physical Society (APS) publishes journals that embody the society’s mission to advance the knowledge of physics. Databases listed in bold are available to CALS patrons inside the library only.

  • Focus – selected papers from APS journals explained for students and other researchers.
  • Physical Review Letters – brief important papers, all topics in physics.
  • Physical Review A – atomic, molecular, and optical physics.
  • Physical Review B – condensed matter and materials physics.
  • Physical Review C – nuclear physics.
  • Physical Review D – particles, fields, gravitation and cosmology.
  • Physical Review E – statistical, nonlinear, and soft matter physics.
  • Physical Review Special Topics – Accelerators and Beams.
  • Physical Review Special Topics – Physics Education Research
  • Physics – highlighting significant papers from APS journals.
  • Physics Central – educational/informational site about physics, for students and the public.
  • PROLA, the Physical Review Online Archive – archive of APS journals back to 1893.
  • Reviews of Modern Physics – in-depth articles, all topics in physics.
  • Ancestry Library Edition – Includes census, church, court and immigration records, as well as historical maps and many other genealogy resources, from the United States, United Kingdom, Canada and other areas. Available at all CALS libraries.
  • AR BookFinder – The complete list of over 100,000 Accelerated Reader titles.
  • Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (Newsbank) – Search the full-text of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette from 1994-present.
  • Black Women in America – provides expanded coverage of the achievements and contributions of African American women.
  • Bookflix – An online literacy resource that pairs classic video storybooks from Weston Woods with related nonfiction eBooks from Scholastic to build a love of reading and learning. Intended for use by PreK to 3rd grade students.
  • Business Source Elite (Ebscohost) – Provides full text articles from more than 1,100 scholarly business journals. *
  • ChiltonLibrary (Gale Infotrac) – Includes repair and maintenance information for many popular vehicles.
  • Civil War Newspapers – A collection of historical newspapers containing extensive local and national coverage of American culture, politics, and society from the Antebellum through the Reconstruction periods. Available at all CALS libraries.
  • Consumer Health Complete (EBSCOhost) – search and browse within medical encyclopedias, popular reference books, and magazine articles for easily understandable health and medical information. *
  • Consumer Reports (EBSCOhost) – Find ratings and reviews on products from household goods to electronics to cars with this free access to
  • CultureGrams (ProQuest) – Provides concise, reliable, and up-to-date cultural information on the countries of the world and delivers an insider's perspective on daily life and culture, including the history, customs, and lifestyles of the world's people.
  • Dear Reader Book News – Users can select from 21 monthly book recommendations newsletters and 50 award lists all with direct links into the CALS catalog. Subscribe via email, RSS feed, or view everything on CALS's BookNews page.
  • Dictionary of American Family Names
  • Digital Sanborn Maps – The Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps for the state of Arkansas. Covers the years 1867-1970; not all years are available for all locations. (Please call 918-3000 for login and password.)
  • Dissertation & Theses – The database represents the work of authors from over 1,000 North American graduate schools and European universities and includes citations for masters and doctoral dissertations from 1637 to those accepted as recently as last semester. Some full text accompanies the abstracts, or copies may be requested through interlibrary loan.
  • – The Central Arkansas Library System has partnered with to provide access to manuals and practice tests for the Arkansas Driver’s Test. The site includes practice tests for car and motorcycle licenses, as well as for the CDL.
  • Encyclopedia of African American History, 1619-1895 – Documents the African American experience from the arrival of the first slave ship to the death of Frederick Douglass-and shows how American culture, history, and national identity have been influenced by the experience of African Americans.
  • Encyclopedia of African American History, 1896 to the Present – Traces the transition from the Reconstruction Era to the age of Jim Crow, the Harlem Renaissance, the Civil Rights Movement, up to and including the 2008 election of Barack Obama as the 44th President of the United States.
  • Encyclopedia of Arkansas History & Culture – A free, authoritative source of information about the rich history, geography, and culture of Arkansas. The Encyclopedia contains more than 6,000 entries and pieces of media related to Arkansas with new material being added weekly.
  • Encyclopedia of the Middle Ages
  • The Encyclopedia of the Enlightenment
  • ERIC (Ebscohost) – The Educational Resource Information Center, with digests, citations and abstracts from almost 1,000 education-related journals. *
  • Fold3 (formerly – A collection of over 60 million pages of historical documents and personal histories, including millions of records available from the National Archives and other institutions. Please note: certain features of Fold3 require the use of an Adobe Flash plugin unavailable on some mobile and tablet browsers.
  • Foundation Directory Online – As a Funding Information Network Partner of the Foundation Center in New York, CALS provides access to a powerful database of over 120,000 grantmakers & grant recipients. Find the information your nonprofit organization needs to make an impact. Available only in the Reference Department at the Main Library.
  • Foundation Grants to Individuals Online – The Foundation Center's database of funding available to individuals in the form of scholarships, fellowships, grants, and other financial support. Available only in the Reference Department at the Main Library.
  • Funk & Wagnalls New World Encyclopedia (Ebscohost) – A general encyclopedia that covers a variety of subject areas. *
  • Gale Discovering Collection – A database of information from Gale Group print publications on topics such as history, literature, geography and cultures, and science. *
  • Gale PowerSearch – Search Multiple Gale databases at once, including Gale Virtual Reference Library and Gale Discovering.
  • Gale Virtual Reference Library – Gale Virtual Reference Library is a database of encyclopedias and specialized reference sources for multidisciplinary research. These reference materials once were available only in the library, but now you can access them online from the library or remotely 24/7.
  • General OneFile – A one-stop source for news and periodical articles on a wide range of topics: business, computers, current events, economics, education, environmental issues, health care, hobbies, humanities, law, literature and art, politics, science, social science, sports, technology, and many general interest topics. Millions of full-text articles, many with images. Updated daily.
  • The Grove Encyclopedia of Classical Art and Architecture
  • The Grove Encyclopedia of Decorative Arts
  • Health Source: Consumer Edition (Ebscohost) – This database provides consumer health information on many health topics including medical sciences, nutrition, childcare, sports medicine and general health. *
  • Health Source: Nursing/Academic Edition (Ebscohost) – A database with fulltext from many scholarly journals and indexing from many journals. *
  • Heritage Quest (Proquest) – Includes searchable images of U.S. Federal Census records, digitized family and local history books, an index to genealogical and local history periodicals, and other genealogy resources.
  • Index Arkansas – an index to articles and other information published in county history journals as well as selected statewide magazines, newspapers and books. Check the CALS catalog to see which of the titles are available at CALS and submit an Interlibrary Loan request if the title is not available at CALS.
  • International Encyclopedia of Dance
  • International Encyclopedia of Linguistics
  • Kids Search (Ebscohost) – Articles and other reference materials for students in grades K-5. *
  • Latino American Experience – Explores the rich heritage and current culture of Mexicans, Puerto Ricans, Guatemalans, Cubans, Dominicans, Colombians, Ecuadorians, and other Hispanic cultures in the United States. *
  • (Learnatest) – An interactive database with practice tests and tutorials for many standardized academic and licensing tests, such as the GED, SAT, Nursing, Real Estate, etc. Access: Sign in as new user and create personal account using your library card number as your user name.
  • Legal Collection (Ebscohost) – A database of full text articles from scholarly law journals. *
  • Literature Criticism Online – The complete collections of Contemporary Literary Criticism, Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism, and Nineteenth-Century Literature Criticism in one easily searchable resource.
  • Literature Resource Center (Gale Infotrac) – Includes biographies, bibliographies and critical analyses of more than 120,000 authors from hundreds of sources including Gale Group print publications and scholarly journals.
  • Litfinder – An index to poetry, short stories, essays, speeches and plays, many in full text.
  • Mango – Learn a new language with this interactive database that provides step by step lessons for over 30 foreign languages, as well as English as a Second Language (ESL) lessons for speakers of more than a dozen languages such as Spanish, French, and Chinese.
  • MAS Ultra-School Edition (Ebscohost) – Provides fulltext articles from hundreds of popular magazines, as well as pamphlets, reference books, biographies, primary source documents and images, all intended for high school students. *
  • Masterfile Premier (Ebscohost) – A general periodicals database with full text information from more than 2,050 publications including magazines, reference books, primary source documents and images. *
  • MEDLINE (Ebscohost) – provides authoritative medical information on medicine, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, the health care system, pre-clinical sciences, and much more. MEDLINE was created by the National Library of Medicine and searches citations from over 4,800 current biomedical journals. *
  • Middle Search Plus (Ebscohost) – A database of fulltext magazines, biographies, primary source documents and images, all intended for middle school and junior high students. *
  • Newspaper Source (Ebscohost) – A database with selected articles from about 30 national and international newspapers, as well as some regional newspapers, and television and radio transcripts. Some articles from The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette October 2000 through September 2002 are indexed. *
  • NextReads – Are you looking for a few good books to read? Sign up for our e-newsletters and get great book suggestions by email. We'll deliver reading lists right to your inbox along with new gems, bestsellers, and related titles. You'll also be able to check immediately whether the items are available at your local Library or whether they've been checked out.
  • Novelist Plus – (Ebscohost) – Includes subject headings, reviews, summaries and more for over 135,000 fiction titles. Use Novelist to find other books by a favorite author, or similar books to a title you've already read.
  • Novelist Plus K-8 – (Ebscohost) – Includes information on many titles popular with students in grades K-8, arranged by instructional unit, theme or topic. Teachers can find appropriate fiction to complement classroom instruction.
  • Philanthropy In/Sight – The Foundation Center in New York has developed this interactive mapping tool for grantmakers, policymakers, and others interested in the impact of philanthropy around the world today. Even grantseekers can use Philanthropy In/Sight to gather intelligence to craft compelling grant proposals. Use it to reveal areas where philanthropy has made an impact and areas where opportunities exist to fill critical needs. Available only in the Reference Department at the Main Library.
  • Primary Search (Ebscohost) – A database of fulltext magazines intended for elementary school students. *
  • Professional Development Collection (Ebscohost) – A database of fulltext journal articles of interest to professional educators. *
  • ProQuest Digital Microfilm – View the microfilm editions of the New York Times – Late Edition (East Coast) and the Wall Street Journal – Eastern Edition on your computer. Coverage runs from 2008-present.
  • Reference USA –Includes directory listings for over 12 million businesses and 120 million households in the United States.
  • Regional Business News (Ebscohost) – Provides indexing and some fulltext from regional business publications. Arkansas Business is indexed from July 1996 through May 2001. *
  • SIRS Researcher (SIRS) – Provides fulltext articles on topics such as aging, the environment, substance abuse, and many other social issues.
  • Something About the Author Online – The complete run of Gale's Something About the Author reference set, including thousands of illustrated biographical profiles of children's authors and illustrators.
  • Student Research Center (Ebscohost) – Articles, primary source documents and other reference materials for researchers in grades 6-12. *
  • TOPICsearch (Ebscohost) – Provides information about current events which are likely to be discussed in the classroom. Includes more than 1,000 fulltext periodicals. *
  • World Book Early World of Learning – Offers narrated stories with word-by-word highlighting, interactive games, interactive reference material for beginners, and more to help young learners build vocabulary, comprehension, phonics, and reading fluency. *
  • World Book Online - Kids – Features content especially for young students, with simple navigation, easy-to-read articles, multimedia, comparison tools, interactive games and activities, and teacher tools. *
  • World Book Online - Spanish (Enciclopedia Estudiantil Hallazgos) – A student-focused resource that offers World Book’s excellent editorial content, rich media, and interactive features in Spanish. *
  • World Book Online for Kids (Public Libraries) – Developed especially for young public library patrons, with easy-to-read articles and a wealth of engaging multimedia, games, science projects, interactive tools, and activities. *
  • World Book Online Info Finder (Public Libraries) – Based on the World Book Encyclopedia, this resource contains content and features designed for school-aged patrons’ homework and research needs. *
  • World Book Student – includes the articles of the World Book Encyclopedia, a Biography Center, dictionary, atlas, an extensive multimedia collection, thousands of editor-selected Web sites, correlations to curriculum standards, and much more. *
  • World Book Online Reference Center (Public Libraries) – A powerful reference tool for advanced researchers and information seekers, featuring eBooks, articles, primary source documents, and features developed especially for public library patrons such as Computer and Web Tutorials, How To… documents, and Government Resources. *
  • WorldCat – Search the collections of libraries in this community and around the country to find books, music, movies, etc.

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* These databases are available via Traveler Access, a project made possible by a grant from U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services to the Arkansas State Library under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act. Additional state funds were provided by the Arkansas Department of Education.