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Alumni accessible databases

This list includes licensed, open access, and freely accessible databases that provide scholarly articles, consumer publications, business reports, and government documents that Virginia Tech alumni can access.

  • Alumni licensed databases

    The Virginia Tech Libraries has licensed a small selection of databases (sources of journal articles and ebooks) for use by Virginia Tech alumni. While most of our databases are licensed solely for use by current students, faculty, and staff, these select databases combined with our vetted list of freely accessible, scholarly databases and the licensed databases available to you through your local public library provide a wealth of academic, consumer, and business publications and data. These databases require going through the Alumni Library Portal Sign In proxy.

  • Research starter

    This list includes recommended databases in which you can begin many research topics. It includes databases catering to all levels of user, not just undergraduates. Content of these databases can include reference sources like encyclopedias or dictionaries; articles that give an overview of a topic, issue, controversy, or recent event; or that provide broad coverage to assist in narrowing or refining a research topic. After you have used these databases for background research on your topic, you can move on to more subject-specific databases. Many provide full-text sources, otherwise use the citations they provide to request copies via your local library's interlibrary loan service.

  • General interest

    This subject category lists recommended databases are either basic or broad in scope. They include resources that cover multiple subject areas, such as general purpose encyclopedias, large article indexing databases, or newspaper article indexing databases. Many provide full-text sources, otherwise use the citations they provide to request copies via your local library's interlibrary loan service.

  • Agriculture, biological sciences, and natural resources

    This subject category lists recommended databases covering the life sciences: agriculture, biology, and natural resources. Many provide full-text sources, otherwise use the citations they provide to request copies via your local library's interlibrary loan service.
  • Architecture, art, and design

    This subject category lists recommended databases covering architecture, art, and design. Many provide full-text sources, otherwise use the citations they provide to request copies via your local library's interlibrary loan service.

  • Business and economics

    This subject category lists recommended databases covering business and economics. Many provide full-text sources, otherwise use the citations they provide to request copies via your local library's interlibrary loan service.

  • Engineering and physical sciences

    This subject category lists recommended databases covering engineering and the physical sciences: chemistry, geosciences, mathematics, physics, and statistics. Many provide full-text sources, otherwise use the citations they provide to request copies via your local library's interlibrary loan service.

  • Health and medicine

    This subject category lists recommended databases covering the medical sciences, including nutrition, fitness, physiology, and psychiatry. Many provide full-text sources, otherwise use the citations they provide to request copies via your local library's interlibrary loan service.

  • Humanities and performing arts

    This subject category lists recommended databases covering humanities and performing arts. Many provide full-text sources, otherwise use the citations they provide to request copies via your local library's interlibrary loan service.

  • Languages and literatures

    This subject category lists recommended databases covering languages, linguistics, and literatures in English, foreign languages (especially languages taught by the Foreign Language department), and classics (Greek and Latin). Many provide full-text sources, otherwise use the citations they provide to request copies via your local library's interlibrary loan service.

  • Social sciences and education

    This subject category lists recommended databases covering social sciences and human sciences, including anthropology, communication, education, history, human development, international studies, law, military science, political science, psychology, public administration, and sociology. Many provide full-text sources, otherwise use the citations they provide to request copies via your local library's interlibrary loan service.

  • Freely accessible databases

    Listed here are databases that have no access restrictions (you don't need to be a current student to search them). Some databases provided free access to only a part of their content; check the database description for details.

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