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Research Library: About

A guide to all aspects of Research Library including content, searching, and viewing results on the ProQuest platform.

Subject Coverage

  • The Arts
  • Business
  • Education
  • General Interest
  • Health & Medicince
  • History
  • Humanities
  • Law
  • Literature & Language
  • Military
  • Multicultural
  • Psychology
  • Science & Technology
  • Social Sciences
  • Women's Interest

Publication Types

  • Scholarly Journals
  • Trade Journals
  • Newspapers
  • Magazines
  • Reports
  • Books
  • Conference Papers & Proceedings
  • Wire Feeds
  • Other Sources (includes blogs and web-only publications)

What is Research Library?

From business and political science to literature and psychology, Research Library provides one-stop access to a wide range of popular academic subjects. It is designed to cover the top 150 core academic subject reference areas - and cover them extensively - so not only is it an invaluable database for a number of different academic disciplines, it's also accessible to readers and researchers at every level.

The database includes more than 6,600 titles - over 5,000 in full text - from 1971 forward. It features a highly-respected, diversified mix of scholarly journals, trade publications, and magazines. This combination of general reference volume and scope makes it one of the broadest, most inclusive general reference databases ProQuest has to offer.

Research Library is for:

  • Academic libraries - Resources for both the basic need and high-end requirements of students and researchers
  • Public libraries – General interest and reference materials including magazines
  • School and K-12 libraries – Multicultural and full text materials for students
  • Special libraries – Daily updates of content and wirefeeds that bring timely news from around the world

Please note that Research Library is also a component of ProQuest Central. Subscribers of ProQuest Central have access to 39 ProQuest databases including Research Library.

Selection Policy

In order to provide coverage across 150 subjects, the selection policy for Research Library is very broad.  The first priority of Research Library is to provide academic journals in full text for optimal research and teaching utility.  Publications that cover the main subjects within the disciplines of social sciences, natural sciences, and humanities are selected on a regular, ongoing basis.  Additional titles for general interest and consumer periodicals are also important to Research Library and are selected, upon review, if full text rights are available.  The majority of content is selected in the English language.  However, academic journals in other languages are also considered and selected to provide well-rounded coverage of the most studied and popular subjects.  Publications from a wide range of countries are desired and included.

Criteria used in selection of materials for inclusion are:

  1. Reputation of the journal and/or publisher
  2. Coverage of key subject areas
  3. Coverage of new or emerging subject areas
  4. Academic merit of the publication (impact factors or favorable reviews)
  5. Popularity of the title (consumer or general interest periodicals)
  6. Availability of full text rights
  7. Demand for the title
  8. Fills a need for a language or country of publication

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