Article databases contain articles from scholarly journals, news sources or the popular press. Many articles are available full-text, but some databases provide only abstracts or citations. An example of an article database is Academic Search Ultimate from EBSCO.
Also included in this category are “reference databases” that provide factual information drawn from a variety of sources and may contain considerable original content. An example of a reference database is Encyclopedia Britannica. Other databases include or are exclusively composed of video and audio content, such as Kanopy Streaming Video or Naxos Music Library.
Because the library offers so many databases covering a variety of subject areas, don’t hesitate to contact a librarian for help deciding which ones are best suited to your project or research question.
Catalog (Books & E-Books)
The library catalog is a subset of SuperSearch, comprising physical items (books, print journals, videos, CDs, government documents, etc.) housed in both Cowles Library and the Law Library. In addition, you can find eBooks, some full-text documents, and images in the library catalog. To extend your search to journal articles and other Library-subscribed online content, use SuperSearch.
The library subscribes to or owns a number of eBook collections. The Find eBooks page provides the ability to search across nearly all of our eBook collections from a single search box. You can also explore individual collections directly.
Use Find Journals if you know the title of the journal or publication you’re looking for, or if you want to conduct a search within a single journal. The results will indicate if Cowles Library has online and/or print access to that journal, as well as the date range of any full-text coverage.
Interlibrary Loan (ILL) is a service available to Drake students, faculty and staff. ILL obtains articles and books that Cowles does not own from other libraries.
Research Guides are subject- or course-specific guides prepared by Drake librarians and faculty to assist with research.
Reserves & E-Reserves
Reserves (print or online) are materials that your instructor has reserved for student use in a specific class. You will need to know the instructor’s name or the course number to locate these items. For e-reserves, your instructor will provide the password you need to access the readings.
Style Manuals & Citation Guides for Scholarly Writing
Tools and guides that help you properly cite sources, prepare bibliographies and report your research according to the standards and best practices of your subject area.
Videos, Images & Sounds
Find videos, images and audio that can be used in papers, presentations, and other academic projects, or that have scholarly value for research such as oral histories, musical performances, audiobooks, etc.