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Explora Research Databases

Use this link to search one or all of the following: Academic Search Premier, Education Resource Information Center (ERIC), Health Source - Consumer Edition, AHFS Consumer Medication Information, TOPICsearch, MAS Ultra - School Edition, Newspaper Source, Professional Development Collection

History Reference Center

Covering both U.S. and world history topics, History Reference Center is a full-text database featuring historical reference books, maps and geographical images, magazines, journals and thousands of primary source documents. Content includes full-text records from peer-reviewed journals, reference books, periodicals, full-text reference books, encyclopedias and non-fiction books. This resource also includes full-text content from more than 140 leading history journals and 83+ hours of historical video.


JSTOR is a digital library of more than 2,000 academic journals, nearly 20,000 books, and two million primary source objects. The articles provide students and teachers with peer-reviewed scholarly research.


Kanopy is a streaming video resource with a collection of over 26,000 films on every subject imaginable. The collection features award-winning documentaries, training films, and theatrical releases from a number of leading producers, including the Criterion Collection, PBS, Kino Lorber, BBC, New Day Films, The Great Courses, California Newsreel,  and hundreds more. 
Note: The login is the same for both students and faculty.  It is possible (and recommended) to create a personal login account as well. It's free and simple -- you need only provide your e-mail.  This will allow you to save playlists, make clips, share links, rate movies, etc., while still using the Fenwick subscription.

Literary Reference Center

This rich full-text database provides a broad spectrum of information on thousands of authors and their works across literary disciplines and timeframes. It gives students, professors and researchers a foundation of literary reference works to meet their research needs. The database includes plot summaries, synopses, and work overviews; literary criticism essays, author biographies, literary journals, book reviews, classic and contemporary poems, author interviews, and classic novels.

Oxford Art Online

Oxford Art Online offers access to the most authoritative, inclusive, and easily searchable online art resources available today—an expanding range of Oxford’s acclaimed art reference works: Grove® Art Online, the Benezit® Dictionary of Artists, the Encyclopedia of Aesthetics, The Oxford Companion to Western Art, and The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Art Terms, as well as many specially commissioned articles and bibliographies available exclusively online.

The Oxford English Dictionary

The Oxford English Dictionary is the world’s most comprehensive dictionary of the English language. It covers words from across the English-speaking world, and traces the development of English from the earliest records to the present day.  One can find present-day meanings in the OED, as well as the history of individual words—traced through 3 million quotations, from classic literature and specialist periodicals to film scripts and cookery books.

Oxford Music Online

Oxford Music Online allows users to access and cross-search multiple music reference resources in one location. With Grove® Music Online as its cornerstone, Oxford Music Online also contains The Oxford Companion to Music (revised 2011), which offers more than 8,000 articles on composers, performers, conductors, instruments and notation, forms and genres, and individual works; and The Oxford Dictionary of Music, 2nd edition (revised 2006), which supplements Grove's more-extensive articles with content geared toward undergraduates and general users. 

Science Reference Center

Designed to meet every student researcher's needs, this source contains full text for hundreds of science magazines, journals, encyclopedias, reference books and a vast collection of images, including science animations. 


Additional Digital Resources

General Education

Digital Public Library of America: Primary Source Set

Cultivated by educators, this interdisciplinary resource provides multiple primary source collections that can be used to complement a wide array of topics and educational content. 

First Search

FirstSearch is an OCLC service that connects users to information and records from 13 databases, including ArticleFirst (OCLC index of articles from the contents pages of journals), ERIC (journal articles and reports in education), and WorldCat.

To access First Search, please use the code and password below: 
Authorization code: 100-108-542
Password: Friars

Google Arts & Culture

Explore different countries, institutions, collections, and art within this free resource. It also provides VR experiences for students, narratives of different historical events, and analyses of society and culture within varied contexts.

Hathi Trust Digital Library

Library of Congress Digital Collections

Smithsonian Learning Lab

History & Social Studies

Encyclopedia of Chicago

The definitive reference source on metropolitan Chicago and its history; it includes over 1,400 entries--articles, photos, maps, broadsides and newspapers--tracing Chicago's development from the 17th century to the present.

History Central

Illinois Digital Archives

This digital repository for the Illinois State Library features over 2,000 photographs, slides, glass negatives, oral histories, letters, federal government documents, posters, postcards, videos, and newspapers that concentrate on the state of Illinois.

The World Factbook


Petrucci Music Library


Amazing Space

Anatomy Explorer

The Biology Project

Science Through Molecular Modeling 

NASA Student Resource List

National Geographic


Catholica Collection


DigiVatLib provides free access to the Vatican Library’s digitized collections: manuscripts, incunabula, archival materials and inventories as well as graphic materials, coins and medals, printed materials (special projects).

Historical Catholic & Dominican Documents

Special and archival digital collections provided by the Digital Commons at Providence College. This consists mainly of manuscript collections.

Open Access Digital Theological Library

Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy

Theological Commons

The Theological Commons is a digital library of over 120,000 resources on theology and religion provided by Princeton Theological Seminary. It consists mainly of public domain books and also includes periodicals, audio recordings, photographs, manuscript collections, and other formats.