Featured Databases

Academic Search Complete

An excellent multidisciplinary database that indexes articles in popular magazines and scholarly journals. A great starting point for undergraduate research on all topics.

Access World News

Provides full-text information and perspectives from U.S. and international sources, offering diverse viewpoints on local, regional, and world issues.

America: History and Life

Covers the history of the United States and Canada from prehistory to the present. For world history, use Historical Abstracts.

Anthropology Plus

Covers the fields of social, cultural, physical, biological, and linguistic anthropology, ethnology, archaeology, folklore, material culture, and interdisciplinary studies.

AP Images

Photographic archive from the Associated Press. A great source for photos on world events and modern history.

Art Full Text

Covers fields of art including archaeology, architecture, art history, film, folk art, graphic arts, design, museology, painting, photography, sculpture, television, textiles, and video.


An excellent source for images in all areas of art, architecture, humanities, and social sciences.

Biography in Context

A comprehensive database of biographical information on people from throughout history, around the world, and across all disciplines and subject areas.

Business Source Complete

An excellent database for all disciplines of business, including marketing, management, accounting, finance, and economics.


A comprehensive database of scientific and technical engineering research, covering all engineering disciplines.

Contemporary World Music

Contains a blend of contemporary and traditional world music including genres such as reggae, neo-traditional, world fusion, zydeco, gospel, and more.

Environmental Sciences & Pollution Mangement

Covers environmental topics such as pollution, sustainability, biodiversity, alternative energy, conservation, and ecology.

Ethnic NewsWatch

Contains news, culture, and history from publications of the ethnic, minority and native press.

GPO Monthly Catalog

Covers laws, regulations, reports, data, and other information provided through the U.S. Government Printing Office.


A comprehensive archival collection of journals in a wide range of subject areas. Starts with volume 1 for each title, but does not include the most current 3-5 years of content.

Literature Online (LION)

A large collection of full-text works of prose, poetry, and drama. Also indexes biographical and critical pieces on authors and their works.

Los Angeles Times

The newspaper of record for Southern California. UCSB subscribes to both the current and historical files, covering 1881 to the present.

Melvyl Catalog

The catalog for all the University of California campus libraries. Also includes records for books in libraries around the country.

MLA International Bibliography

Excellent index for information on modern languages, literatures, folklore, and linguistics.

Naxos Music Library

Collection of online music. While most of the music is classical, it also includes jazz, world, new age, and some popular music.

Oxford Art Online

An excellent reference source for all areas of art, architecture, humanities and social sciences. Thoroughly illustrated.

Oxford English Dictionary

The accepted authority on the evolution of the English language. Includes the meaning, history, and pronunciation of words.

Polling the Nations

Indexes public opinion polls and contains the full text of questions and responses from surveys conducted in the U.S. and 80 other countries.


Covers the international literature in psychology, the behavioral sciences, and related disciplines. Useful for many areas of social science research.

Rand California

A collection of think-tank reports on California and U.S. public policy with an emphasis on statistics.

Social Sciences Databases (ProQuest)

Searches multiple social sciences databases simultaneously. Ideal for multidisciplinary research.

UCSB Library Catalog

The database of our library’s collections including books, journals, music, videos, maps, archives, and other materials.

United Nations ODS

The Official Document System of the UN, including resolutions, decisions, and administrative documents.

Web of Science

Citation indexes for Arts and Humanities, Social Sciences, and Sciences. Useful for tracking the development of ideas over time through citations.