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Core Databases and Indexes

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Info Title   # Users Access Restrictions Format
Academic Search Complete Description Academic Search Complete (EBSCOhost) Funded by Eli M. Oboler Library   On & Off Campus Online
College Source Online Description College Source Online Funded by Eli M. Oboler Library 3 On & Off Campus Online
Community of Science (Grant Research) Description Community of Science (Grant Research) Funded by ISU Office of Sponsored Programs   Special Online
LearningExpress Library Description LearningExpress Library
one-time User Registration required
Funded by LiLI   On & Off Campus Online
LexisNexis Academic Description LexisNexis Academic (LexisNexis) Funded by Eli M. Oboler Library   On & Off Campus Online
PRIMO Description PRIMO Funded by Eli M. Oboler Library   Special Online
Professional Development Collection Description Professional Development Collection (EBSCOhost) Funded by Eli M. Oboler Library   On & Off Campus Online

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The following are selected resources for research on colleges and universities. For more books on these topics, please use the library catalog: Library Catalog.

To find books in other libraries, try using WorldCat, a collective catalog for thousands of libraries in the United States, Canada, and around the world. This catalog should not be used as a substitute for this library's catalog, but as another avenue of searching for books.

Financial Aid

The College Board Scholarship Handbook (Reference Collection: LB 2338. C 597 2001): This handbook lists thousands of scholarship and internship opportunities for college students. Each entry lists the basic information about the scholarship, including amount of the award, who to contact, and eligibility requirements. This handbook includes a table of contents, index, and a CD-ROM.

The College Student's Guide to Merit and Other No-Need Funding (Reference Collection: LB 2338.2 C 64 2000/02): This guide to scholarship opportunities lists hundreds of awards. The scholarships are arranged alphabetically by discipline (science, social sciences, humanities, and other.) Indexed.

Directory of Research Grants (Reference Collection: LB 2338. D 57 2003): Hundreds of research grants, primarily in the sciences and social sciences, are listed in this directory with information about applications, amount, purpose, and who to contact. Indexed.

Scholarships (Reference Collection: LB 2338. S 347): This guide to scholarships lists thousands of opportunities, along with information about eligibility, contacts, and the amount of the award. Indexed.

Guides to Colleges and Universities

Barron's Profiles of American Colleges (Reference Collection: L 901. B 262): This guide to colleges and universities provides brief, but thorough descriptions of thousands of institutions of higher education from around the country. This volume contains a table of contents and multiple indexes.

Peterson's Four-Year Colleges (Reference Collection: L 901. P 4612 2006): Peterson's is one of the premier sources in information about colleges and universities. Entries are arranged alphabetically by state and contain information about degrees and majors offered, campus life, costs, general entrance requirements, financial aid, and more. A table of contents and four topical and name indexes are available. A separate Peterson's guide for two-year colleges is also available in the Reference Collection; its call number is L 901. P 4611 2005.

Majors and Degrees

The Career Connection for College Education: A Guide to College Education & Related Career Opportunities (Reference Collection: HF 5382.5 U 5 R 68 1994): This guide to majors and careers is designed to give college students and potential college students a clearer idea of what is involved in any of several dozen majors, along with information about job outlooks, course requirements, and so on. Indexed.

The College Board Book of Majors (Reference Collection: L 901. C 7442 2005): Organized by broad subject areas, hundreds of different majors and academic disciplines are listed in this book, along with where to study, possible professions, typical courses, and more. Not indexed.


The College Blue Book (Reference Collection: LA 226. C 685): This six volume set covers statistical information (vol. 2), information about colleges and universities (vol. 1), degrees (vol. 3), occupational education (vol. 4), financial aid and related topics (vol. 5), and distance learning (vol. 6). (Volume five is located in the Reference Collection at LB2338 .S363.) Each volume has its own index and table of contents.

Web Sites

American Universities: This page links to the home pages of hundreds of colleges and universities around the country. Also linked are Web sites listing international universities and United States community colleges.

Back to College: This site is designed to help non-traditional students find programs at universities across the country.

College and University Rankings: Use this Web site to find college and university rankings for law schools, business schools, graduate programs, and more.

ipl2: Collected and annotated by librarians, this site contains a searchable database of high quality Web sites. To find a Web site, browse the available topics or use the search box.

Peterson's: This is the online version of the excellent print series. This site is designed to help students find programs in a huge variety of programs at universities around the world. This site also has help available for entrance exams and financial aid.

Student Aid on the Web: This is the United States' Department of Education's Web site for financial aid.

Study Guides and Strategies: This site has a number of very helpful pages that can teach study, note-taking, and test skills. This site is available in dozens of different languages. (Non-English versions may not be complete.)


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