These subscription databases have reliable information from published works. Facts are checked and information is from professionals or experts in the field. The query (search) is just like a search engine. Some databases even give suggestions to narrow a topic. Most databases offer citation tools to copy and paste into Noodle Tools or a works cited page.

Remember you cannot use Wikipedia or random websites for a research paper. Even the folks at Wikipedia know its sources need extra evaluation. Use this guide to determine if a Wikipedia article is reliable. Always know your sources.

Magazines, Newspapers, Academic Journals (also includes books, images, and podcasts)

ProQuest  includes the following topics and more. Use suggested topics for best results.

  • Arts & Humanities
  • Business
  • General Research
  • Health Sciences & Nursing
  • History
  • Literature
  • News & Issues
  • Science & Technology
  • Social Sciences

Gale Database - includes the following topics and more. Pick a specific database, search multiple databases, or  use Academic OneFile to search them all.

  • Local, National, and International Newspapers
  • Academic Journals & Reference Sources
  • News & Periodical Articles
  • Health & Wellness
  • Business & Careers
  • Arts & Music
  • Pop Culture
  • Psychology
  • Science
  • Religion & Philosophy
  • War & Terrorism

The New York Times - Full access to The New York Times newspaper through ProQuest. Use ProQuest user name and password.

Queens Library - Database for every subject. A few popular ones are below. A Queens Library card and PIN number are needed.

  • Biography Resource Center
  • Literature Resource Center
  • Opposing Viewpoints Resource Center
  • Student Resource Center

Reference & Research

Research in Context- Research In Context  is a good place to begin research. It includes videos, newspapers, magazines, primary sources using a highly visual design and navigation preferred by younger users as well as the authoritative content. Categories cover a range of the most-studied topics including cultures, government, people, U.S. and world history, literature, and many more. 

Britannica School HighA classic reference source including encyclopedia articles, multimedia, primary sources, games, biographies and other learning resources that support student research and reinforce curriculum standards.

Social Studies

World History in Context - Covers over 5,000 years from ancient civilization to the present all around the globe including  full-text periodicals, reference works and primary documents for global history research.

U.S. History in Context - Historical (primary) documents, reference articles, and full-text journal entries covering U.S. history from pre-Colonial times to the present.

SIRS Issues Researcher - The issues most studied and debated by students. Includes full-text, statistical, web and multimedia sources to understand a topic's historical origins, related issues, and global perspectives.

Opposing Viewpoints - Covers today's hottest social issues to help students research, analyze and organize a broad variety of data for conducting research, completing writing assignments, preparing for debates, creating presentations and more.

Science & Health

Science Online - Contains extensive information on a broad range of scientific disciplines.
Also, see ProQuest and Gale Power Search.

Health Reference Center Academic - Information on medicine and alternative medicine, for medical professionals as well as general consumers plus thousands of health-related multimedia. 


Literature Resource Center- Biographies, bibliographies, and critical analyses of authors from every age and literary discipline. Includes novelists, poets, essayists, journalists, and others. In-depth coverage of 2,500 of the most-studied authors.
Also, see Gale Power Search, ProQuest, Queens Library and the eBook link for Novels for Students.