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Research Databases: E-Books & Reference

For off-campus access, enter your 14-digit library barcode number located on the back of your college ID/ library card. No college ID or library card? Request a college ID or library card barcode number.  


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  • EBSCO eBook Collection
    (EBSCO) Search complete electronic books. Set up a free account to download to your device.
    Bluefire App Directions for EBSCO eBooks
  • Ebook Central
    One of our key ebook platforms of electronic books that contains about 100,000 titles.  How to Videos | Access Guide
    Bluefire App Directions for EBSCO eBooks
  • Credo Reference
    (Credo) Includes materials from over 650 reference books on a variety of topics in higher education, including art, business, history, languages, literature, science, criminal justice, and political science.
  • Gale eBooks  formerly Gale Virtual Reference Library
    (Gale Cengage Learning)
    Dozens of complete reference books on arts, business, education, history, law, literature, sciences, and technology, including the popular sets of Short Stories for Students, Novels for Students, Poetry for Students, and Drama for Students.
  • Funk & Wagnalls New World Encyclopedia
    (EBSCO) Features 25,000 articles with selected images about various subject areas.
  • Oxford English Dictionary (LSC-Kingwood)
    The Oxford English Dictionary (OED) is widely regarded as the accepted authority on the English language. It includes present-day meanings and the history of individual words, and of the language.
  • Project Gutenberg - free web
    Founded in 1971, Project Gutenberg is the oldest producer and distributor of free ebooks.
  • Google Books - free web
    Search, preview and download books for free PDF copy of a book if it is in a public domain, creative commons platform, out of copyright, or the publisher has given permission.
  • Hathi Trust Digital - free web
    A collection of millions of titles digitized from libraries around the world
  • Internet Archive - free web
    A non-profit library of millions of free books, movies, software, music, websites, and more
  • Open Library - free web
    A non-profit library bringing millions of free books to billions of people.
  • Open Access Books from Cornell University Press - free web
    Project MUSE, in collaboration with Cornell University Press, offers the digital, fully-open-access  classic titles.
  • MuseOpen - free web
    (Project Muse Open Archive Initiative) This project will provide access to the full-text of university press monographs in the humanities and social sciences; add your email to get updates.

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  • Encyclopedia of Popular Music via Oxford Reference
    (Oxford) Features articles on popular music genres such as jazz, country, folk, rap, reggae, techno, musicals, and world music from 1900 to the present.  Also includes information on trends, styles, record labels, venues, and music festivals.
  • Oxford Art Online
    (Oxford University Press) Includes Grove Art. Full text art reference covering all the visual arts from prehistory to the 1990's with image links.
  • Oxford Music Online (LSC-Tomball, LSC-Montgomery, & LSC-University Park)
    (Oxford University Press) Online music reference source includes articles from the Oxford Companion to Music, Grove dictionaries of American music, jazz , opera, and musical instruments, and the Encyclopedia of Popular Music.
  • Grove Music Online (LSC-Kingwood)
    Grove Music Online is the world’s premier online music encyclopedia, offering comprehensive coverage of music, musicians, music-making, and music scholarship.
  • Naxos Music Library (LSC-Tomball)
    (Naxos) Thousands of audio tracks from different styles and eras for online listening, plus historical background information.
  • Google Arts & Culture - free web
    (Google) A collaborative project of Google and 151 acclaimed art partners  from across 40 countries to include over 30,000 works of art from sculpture to architecture and drawings, all in one page.

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(Teton Data Systems) Full-text electronic medical library; includes titles as CPT Data Files, ICD-9-CM, ICD-10-CM, ICD-10-PCS. Go to STAT!Ref Mobile App page for information about accessing this resource on your iOS and Android devices.

Directories, Reviews, & Library Catalogs select to expand list

  • Book Review Digest Plus
    (EBSCO/H.W. Wilson) Over 270,000 full-text reviews from more than 1,400 American, British, and Canadian periodicals back to 1983.
  • WorldCat
    (OCLC FirstSearch) Help
    Searchable catalog of books and other materials in over 45,000 libraries worldwide. No full text.
  • The Serials Directory
    (EBSCO) provides "nearly 212,000 U.S. and international titles, including newspapers; data from nearly 108,235 publishers worldwide, including e-mail and Internet addresses; and Library of Congress and Dewey Decimal Classifications for every entry."

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  • EBSCOhost Image Collection
    (EBSCO) Features a collection of 235,000+ photos, maps, and flags that are included with Academic Search Premier, MAS Ultra, MasterFILE Premier, and other EBSCO databases.
  • Google Arts & Culture - Free Web 
    (Google) A collaborative project of Google and 151 acclaimed art partners from across 40 countries to include over 30,000 works of art from sculpture to architecture and drawings, all in one page.
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Reading Resources  select to expand list

  • Book Review Digest Plus
    (EBSCO/H.W. Wilson) Over 270,000 full-text reviews from more than 1,400 American, British, and Canadian periodicals back to 1983.
  • Teaching Books.Net
    TeachingBooks.net) Provides multimedia resources that can enhance and enliven reading experiences in the K-12 environment.
  • World Cat
    (OCLC) Locate books and other materials in libraries worldwide - no full text.
Link to Databases by Title Search for magazines, newspapers, and journals by title Find Databases by Subject

  1. Search the Library Catalog. Request any circulating items not in your local library using the "Place Hold" button. Login with your 14-digit library barcode number and PIN.
  2. Looking for a specific article? Search the Full Text Finder for newspaper, magazine, or journal titles.
  3. Search WorldCat to find books and articles from libraries worldwide, then apply at your local library for a TexShare card to borrow them directly or request specific books and articles through interlibrary loan.


TexShare databases Selected databases are funded, in part, through TexShare, a division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission, utilizing grant funds provided by the US Institute of Museum and Library Services.

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