Most Popular Resources | Richland Library Skip to content
DEVELOPMENT 2 - bmesh_dev2

Most Popular Resources

How can I find a list of research databases by subject?

Updated: 2018-12-07 11:45:53

Richland Library provides access to many online research tools and databases. A complete list is available on our website under Research & Learn. Below are links to selected Richland Library databases arranged by the following subjects:

Research databases contain articles from numerous current and scholarly sources. Log in with your library card number and PIN to access these databases from outside of the library.

Academic Journals, Articles and Current Events

  • Academic Search Premier: Search here for full-text journal articles in biology, chemistry, engineering, physics, psychology, religion & theology, and many more topics.
  • EBSCOhost Masterfile Premier: Provides full-text coverage on a broad range of topics, including health, business, and US states and territories, from nearly 2,000 magazines and newspapers. Full-text articles are available as far back as 1975 for some titles.
  • General OneFile: General OneFile, formerly known as InfoTrac, is a collection of citations and/or the full text for articles dating back to 1980 from magazines, newspapers, professional journals, law reviews reference sources, pamphlets, and news.
  • NewsBank: Newsbank provides access to full-text articles published in 187 newspapers from around the country. This includes obituaries and death notices, and some news magazine coverage.
  • Newspaper Source Plus: Newspaper Source Plus includes more than 1,000 full-text newspapers, providing more than 38 million full-text articles.
  • Opposing Viewpoints in Context: Brings together information from both sides of social issues, such as Gun Control, Genetic Engineering, Censorship, Endangered Species, and Terrorism.
  • Points of View Reference Center: Points of View Reference Center contains a balance of materials from all viewpoints, including more than 1,300 main essays, leading political magazines from both sides of the aisle, newspapers, radio & TV news transcripts.
  • Serials Solutions: Allows you to search by magazine or journal title to see which Richland Library-owned database provides full-text coverage of that journal
  • TOPICsearch: This current events database allows researchers to explore social, political & economic issues, scientific discoveries and other popular topics discussed in today's classrooms including controversial opinions and viewpoints.

Back to top


Auto Repair

  • AutoMate: AutoMate contains repair and maintenance information on most major manufacturers of domestic and imported vehicles. 

Back to top



  • African American Experience: A large searchable database which provides information on such topics as history, biography, literature, music, pop culture, folklore, business, slavery, civil rights, politics, and religion.
  • Biography in Context: Students in 6-12 grade, college and beyond can find biographies on more than 340,000 in Biography in Context.  

Back to top


Business, Investments and Law

  • Business Insights: Essentials: Formerly Business and Company Resource Center. Business Insights: Essentials brings together in a single database company profiles, company brand information, rankings, investment reports, company histories, chronologies, and periodicals.
  • Business Source Premier: Designed for business libraries, this is the industry's most used business research database, providing the full text for more than 2,100 journals. Business Source® Premier provides indexing, abstracts and full text back to 1965.
  • Company Profiles: Included in EBSCOhost business resorces, Company Profiles covers Over 10,000 comprehensive MarketLine profiles on the world’s most important companies For college-level and adult researchers Provided by DISCUS
  • Legal Forms Library: Gale LegalForms provides convenient, authoritative means for understanding common legal procedures through access to “attorney forms”. Our officially-approved, professionally-written documents are actually used in legal practices!
  • Legal Trac: Use this database to find articles in all major law reviews, law journals, specialty law and bar association journals and legal newspapers.
  • Morningstar Investment Research Center: Investment research and independent opinions on thousands of mutual funds, stocks, and exchange-traded funds.
  • Plunkett Research Online: Provides industry specific research portals for market research, industry analysis, statistics and company profiles.
  • Small Business Reference Center: This resource offers a wide variety of information on small business and entrepreneurial subject areas, common business types, a help and advice section, and provides information on how to create business plans that lead to successful funding.
  • Small Business Resource Center: Small Business Resource Center covers all major areas of starting and operating a business, including accounting, finance, human resources, management, marketing, tax and more.
  • Westlaw Next: (In the library only) Legal resource containing all primary law, American Jurisprudence Library, Immigration Handbook Library, South Carolina Analytical Library, SC Business Law, SC Real Property Law and Legal Forms.

Back to top


Careers and Education

  • Career Cruising: Career Cruising engages and inspires people of all ages to achieve their full potential in school, career and life. We do this with age-appropriate career development, assessments, planners and other resources that are based on the real world. In partnership with schools, community organizations and employers, we enable a ‘whole community’ approach to career and workforce development.
  • College Blue Book, 40th ed. 2013: Guide to thousands of 2- and 4-year schools in the U.S. and Canada. Covers the expected listings and detailed descriptions, degree programs offered, scholarships, and occupational education programs.
  • Education Full Text: This full-text source of education scholarship provides coverage for a wide range of topics, including adult education, continuing education, literacy standards, multicultural/ethnic education, secondary education, teaching methods and much more.
  • ERIC: ERIC, the Education Resource Information Center, provides access to education literature and resources.
  • Ferguson's Career Guidance Center: A career research database with its Job and Industry Profiles section providing information on nearly 3,400 jobs and 94 industries, broken down into 16 Career Clusters created by the Department of Education.
  • Learning Express: Learning Express includes test preparation material, interactive practice exams and courses covering a variety of topics. Prepare to take the SAT, ACT, GED and other tests. Learn basic computer and internet skills, using essential software applications and navigating the job search process.
  • Lynda for Libraries: Learn new job skills, brush up on a topic you studied long ago or explore something new thanks to the more than 3,500 web-based video courses and step-by-step tutorials available through Lynda for Libraries.
  • Mango Languages: Learn a language here. Mango Language offers Spanish, French, Brazilian Portuguese, German, Russian, Japanese, Mandarin Chinese, Greek, English for Spanish speakers, English for Portuguese speakers and English for Polish speakers and more.
  • Professional Development Collection: This is a comprehensive and valuable collection of full-text education journals.
  • Scholarships, Fellowships and Loans: Included in the Gale Directory Library, Scholarships, Fellowships & Loans profiles more than 7,000 scholarships, fellowships, loans, internships, work study, and other education-related financial aid available to high school students.
  • Teacher Reference Center: A good research source for educators, the Teacher Reference Center provides indexing and abstracts for 280 periodicals most of which are peer-reviewed journals.
  • Students from kindergarten through college can connect with a live tutor daily from 3:00pm to 11:00pm via The SkillsCenter™ Resource Library that connects you to thousands of homework, test prep, and career resources is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
  • Vocational and Career Collection: Find articles from hundreds of trade and industry publications. Vocational and Career Collection is good for research on various careers and industries for job hunters and others.

Back to top


Children’s Databases

  • Blackbirch Kid's Visual Reference of the United States: An alphabetical presentation of brief statistics, maps and pictorial information about each of the fifty United States, as well as U.S. territories and possessions.
  • Blackbirch Kid's Visual Reference of the World: An alphabetical presentation of brief statistics, maps and pictorial information about every country in the world. Coverage includes geography, industry, population, ethnic groups, climate, religion, education and daily life.
  • BrainPOP Jr.: Designed for children in kindergarten through third grade, includes videos, audio prompts and learning activities with an easy to use graphical interface.
  • Britannica Learning Zone: For children aged 4-7: An interactive learning environment of developmentally-appropriate activities for early childhood. Interactivity is focused on maps and videos, games and learning materials, word and letter activities.
  • Britannica Online for Kids: This online encyclopedia is just for kids. A great place to start a research project, the articles include pictures, videos, links to good web sites and more.
  • Credo Reference: Credo Reference is an easy to use tool for research projects and homework.
  • Explora for Elementary Schools: Explora for Elementary Schools contains full text for more than 80 popular elementary school magazines.
  • Explora for High Schools: Explora for High Schools allows students to easily search across a range of sources including newspapers and magazines, encyclopedias, dictionaries, books, biographies and more.
  • Explora for Middle Schools: Explora for Middle Schools contains full text for more than 150 popular middle school magazines.
  • Kid's InfoBits: Designed for children ages 5 through 10, they can use the graphical interface to find information that is presented appropriately for their learning level and needs.
  • NoveList K-8 Plus: Looking for a good book that is similar to an old favorite or an old favorite from your childhood that you want to share with your own children? Want to know what the next title is in your favorite series? Need to find a great fantasy novel, adventure story, another book about dogs, horses or big trucks? Well, you're in luck because with NoveList Plus K-8 you can easily find Read-alikes for popular authors, book discussion guides, award lists and much more!
  • Searchasaurus: Designed for Elementary and Middle School students, an animated interface with a dinosaur theme encourages young researchers to enhance and develop basic search methodologies.
  • Something About the Author Online: Provides illustrated biographical profiles of authors and artists for children and young adults, ranging from established award winners to authors and illustrators who are just beginning their careers.
  • Tumblebook Library: For pre-school through grade 3, Tumblebooks is an online collection of books, read-alouds, puzzles and games designed to encourage reading in young children.

Back to top



  • Gale Directory Library: Includes The Encyclopedia of Associations and Scholarships, Fellowships and Loans.
  • Reference USA: Whether you are starting a new business or reaching out to advertise your product, search here to find addresses, telephone numbers, SIC codes, and more.

Back to top



  • Britannica Online Reference Center: Britannica Online brings all of the extensive research and in-depth articles that users expect from the traditional Encyclopaedia Britannica.

Back to top


Geography, Religion and Philosophy

  • CultureGrams: CultureGrams provides quick cultural and statistical snapshots of the over 200 countries recognized by the United Nations.
  • Religion and Philosophy Collection: Religion & Philosophy Collection is a comprehensive database covering topics such as world religions, major denominations, biblical studies, religious history, epistemology, political philosophy, philosophy of language, moral philosophy and the history of philosophy.

Back to top



  • Alt Health Watch: This database focuses on the many perspectives of complementary, holistic and integrated approaches to health care and wellness. It offers libraries full-text articles for more than 180 international, and often peer-reviewed, journals and reports.
  • Consumer Health Complete: Consumer Health Complete is a comprehensive resource for consumer-oriented health content. It is designed to support the information needs of patients, and to foster an overall understanding of health-related topics.
  • Health and Wellness Resource Center: Provides a medical dictionary and encyclopedia, as well as drug information in lay language, health articles, organizations and facilities.
  • Health Reference Center Academic: Use this database to find articles on: Fitness, Pregnancy, Medicine, Nutrition, Diseases, Public Health, Occupational Health and Safety, Alcohol and Drug abuse, HMOs, Prescription Drugs, etc.
  • Health Source -- Consumer Edition: Health Source: Consumer Edition is a rich collection of consumer health information. This resource provides access to over 80 full-text consumer health magazines, including American Fitness, Better Nutrition, Fit Pregnancy, Harvard Health Letter, Men's Health, Muscle & Fitness, Prevention, Vegetarian Times, and many others.
  • Health Source -- Nursing/Academic Edition: This resource provides nearly 550 scholarly full-text journals focusing on many medical disciplines.
  • Nursing Resource Center: Nursing Resource Center is a new online resource designed to support nursing programs at two-year community colleges, four-year colleges and vocational education high schools, as well as at public libraries supporting these schools nationwide.
  • Psychology and Behavioral Sciences Collection: This is a comprehensive database covering information concerning topics in emotional and behavioral characteristics, psychiatry & psychology, mental processes, anthropology, and observational and experimental methods.

Back to top


History and Genealogy

  • Accessible Archives: Genealogy and history researchers will find full text articles from several historical newspapers. Coverage focusses on the Southeast and African American newspapers of the 18th and 19th centuries.
  • African American Experience: A large searchable database which provides information on such topics as history, biography, literature, music, pop culture, folklore, business, slavery, civil rights, politics, and religion.  
  • Ancestry Library Edition: (in the library only) Provides access to a number of genealogical sources, including Census, military and immigration records, periodicals and newspapers and birth, marriage and death records.
  • Community Resources: Includes Obituary Index, Local Magazine and Newspaper Index and Quick Facts. The Obituary Index contains obituary and death notice information from Columbia, SC newspapers.
  • Daily Life Through History: What did people eat, wear, or use? What did they hope for, invent, and sing? These are the kinds of questions students of history always ask, and it is precisely what is missing in many available reference resources.
  • Heritage Quest: Provides a keyword searchable collection of genealogical research materials for tracing family history and American culture.
  • History Reference Center: History Reference Center is a comprehensive full text history resource designed for students from middle and high school through college and beyond.
  • South Carolina Historical Newspapers: A collection of fully digitized and searchable newspapers from around South Carolina that spans the post-colonial to modern periods, including The State from 1891 – 1990. Available through NewsBank.
  • U.S. History in Context: Good for student research in grades 6-12 and college. Search or browse for articles on topics in US history from the pre-colonial era to the twenty-first century.
  • Walker Local and Family History Center Digital Collections: Historical material spanning the Civil War to Civil Rights eras focusing on Columbia, Richland County and the surrounding counties in South Carolina.
  • World History in Context: Good for student research in grades 6-12 and college. Search or browse for articles on topics in World history from antiquity to the twenty-first century.

Back to top



  • Bloom's Literature: Students in 6-12 grade and college will find critiques of many books that are presented in the classroom.
  • Books & Authors: Books & Authors offers new ways to explore the endless possibilities and combinations of books, authors, genres and topics.
  • For Students Online eBook collection: The For Students series is an excellent resource for high school and college students, offering rich analysis, context and criticism on the most frequently studied works. The collection includes Novels for Students, Poetry for Students, Short Stories for Students, and Drama for Students as well as new products, Literary Newsmakers for Students, Literary Themes for Students and Shakespeare for Students, 2nd Edition.
  • Literary Reference Center: Literary Reference Center is a comprehensive database that provides users with a broad spectrum of information on thousands of authors and their works across literary disciplines and timeframes.
  • Literature Criticism Online: Contemporary Literary Criticism, Twentieth Century Literary Criticism, Poetry Criticism and Shakespearean Criticism have been brought together online under a single searchable interface from Gale publishing.
  • Literature Resource Center: Contains author biographies, literary criticism, bibliographies, Internet sites, genre searches, reference book entries (such as literary dictionaries) and more. This is a good site to begin a literary search.
  • LitFinder: LitFinder represents Gale’s core repository of literary works. International in scope, LitFinder covers all time periods and contains a wealth of primary literature content.
  • NoveList Plus for Reading Suggestions: Looking for a good book that is similar to an old favorite? Want to know what the next title is in your favorite series? Need to find a great murder mystery, adventure story or historical romance?

Back to top


Science and Technology

  • Applied Science and Technology Full Text: This is the premier full-text resource for coverage of the research and development spectrum of the applied sciences and computing disciplines.
  • GreenFILE: GreenFILE offers well-researched information covering all aspects of human impact to the environment. Its collection of scholarly, government and general-interest titles includes content on the environmental effects of individuals, corporations and local/national governments, and what can be done at each level to minimize these effects.
  • Safari Tech Books Online: Safari Tech Books Online is set of online access books (over 9,000 titles) available to Richland Library card holders free of charge. Access the full versions of the Safari Tech Books series using your browser and your library card number/pin.
  • Science in Context: Science in Context is an in-depth, curriculum-oriented science database that provides a one-stop resource for all science-related research needs.
  • Science Reference Center: Designed to meet every student's science research needs, Science Reference Center contains full text for hundreds of science encyclopedias, reference books, periodicals and other sources.  

Back to top

Not the answer you're looking for? Submit your question here.

Have a question? We have answers! Leave your question or comment below and we will reply with 24 hours. Please give an e-mail address so we know where to send your answer. We will not share it.
Fields marked with * are required.

Browse by Popular Topics

Account  –  Books, Movies & Music  –  Catalog  –  Children's Services  –  Classes & Events  –  Computers  –  Contact Us  –  Donations & Volunteering  –  Downloadables  –  Featured  –  Jobs  –  Library Facilities  –  Obituaries  –  OverDrive  –  Print, Fax and Scan  –  Request a Purchase  –  Research  –  Services  –  Trivia  –  Website