This background database provides custom, in-depth reports (usually around 12,000 words) on a variety of current and once-current issues. Reports include an introduction, overview, background, chronology and pros/cons. Great for getting a handle on new topics.
The Illinois College discovery service is a general database that searches the Illinois College catalog, I-Share and a number of our databases all at once. If you are looking for the absolute maximum number of results you can get with one search, this is the resource to use!
This general resource is the academic version of Google. It contains scholarly works from across a variety of disciplines. If you only want to get full-text material, put filetype:PDF on the end of your search, and Google Scholar will only give you material in PDF format (which should be full-text).
This general database provides full-text access to over 1,300 journals and magazines in a variety of content areas. The searching options are limited, but students like the "clean and simple" interface.
Credo is an easy-to-use tool for starting research. Gather background information on your topic from hundreds of full-text encyclopedias, dictionaries, thesauri, quotations, and subject-specific titles, as well as 500,000+ images and audio files and over 1,000 videos.