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Research Resources

To start the online research process, use the LibGuides created for your class or try our Databases page.

Need to cite your research? Check out this online guide for MLA, or use our Noodletools program. Also use the official guide on plagiarism written by the Honor Council.

Off-Campus Access - If you're not at MBA, click here to log in and find protected links to the library's resources.

ONESEARCH: Search all content here!


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Library Databases

On Campus? Click on the links below (by subject).

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  • The Arts
  • ArtStor

    The Artstor Digital Library provides over 1.6 million digital images in the arts, architecture, humanities, and sciences. Collections comprise contributions from outstanding international museums, photographers, libraries, scholars, photo archives, and artists and artists' estates. (NOTE: Create an account ON CAMPUS to have access from home.)

    Oxford Art Online

    A comprehensive reference resource for all aspects of the visual art world from pre-history to the present day which allows users access to the more than 23,000 subject entries, 21,000 biographies, 500,000 bibliographic citations, 40,000 image links, 5,000 images, and world art timelines; includes full-text of The Dictionary of Artand The Oxford Companion to Western Art.

    Oxford Music Online

    Comprehensive music index that includes the full text of The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, The New Grove Dictionary of Opera, The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz, and The Oxford Companion to Music allowing users to view over 33,000 biographies, hear more than 500 audio examples, and access 55,000 articles by subject as well as timelines and topical guides.

  • Biographies
  • American National Biography

    The landmark American National Biography offers portraits of more than 18,700 men & women — from all eras and walks of life — whose lives have shaped the nation. Many of the articles in the ANB Online link to articles in The Oxford Companion to United States History. This resource explores not only America's political, diplomatic, and military history, but also social, cultural, and intellectual trends; science, technology, and medicine; the arts; and religion.

  • Current Issues
  • Opposing Viewpoints in Context

    Contains pro/con viewpoints, topic overviews, biographies, court case overviews, and profiles of federal agencies and special-interest groups.

    Points of View

    Essays that present multiple sides of more than 200 topics, each with an overview (objective background/description), point (affirmative argument), and counterpoint (opposing argument).

  • Dictionaries and Encyclopedias
  • Britannica Online

    Includes the complete Britannica Encyclopedia with related internet sites.

    Grolier Online

    Includes Encyclopedia Americana, Grolier Multimedia Encyclopedia, The New Book of Knowledge, and Lands and Peoples.

    OED Online (Oxford English Dictionary Online)

    World's most comprehensive English dictionary.

    World Book Encyclopedia

    A suite of online research tools that includes encyclopedia articles, primary source collections, educator tools, student activities, pictures, audio, and video, complemented by current periodicals and related websites.

  • Global Studies
  • Global Issues in Context

    Coverage of countries and issues, emphasizing a global perspective, which includes podcast, videos, primary sources, world newspaper articles, reference encyclopedias, links to government and organization websites, and interactive graphs, tables, and charts.

  • Gale Databases
  • Gale/Cengage Power Search

    A wealth of reference sources, including e-books, as well as popular and scholarly periodicals. SEARCH HERE FOR THE ECONOMIST ONLINE. Additional specific subject-related databases include:

    Informé (Spanish Language resources)

    Health Reference Center

    Computer Database

    Military and Intelligence Database

    Religion and Philosophy Database

    Professional Collection (for teachers/educators)

    Southern Life

    Custom Newspapers

    Literature Resource Center

    Scribner Writer’s Series

    Twayne’s Author Series

    Books & Authors

    Global Issues in Context

    Opposing Viewpoints in Context

    Student Resources in Context

  • History and Social Sciences
  • ABC-CLIO Social Studies Databases

    Four interactive programs that use primary documents, video, audio, and maps, to cover units in American History, American Government, World History: Ancient and Medieval Eras, and World History: The Modern Era.

    American History Online

    Resource containing biographies, subject entries, primary sources, timelines, image galleries, and map galleries.

    Ancient and Medieval History Online

    Explores the pre-modern world with in-depth focus on Egypt, Mesopotamia, Greece, Rome, Africa, Europe, the Americas, and Asia.

    The Map as History

    Online maps that use animation, color and narration to bring history to life.

    National Geographic: 1888 to the Present

    This collection brings together a complete archive of National Geographic magazine along with a cross-searchable collection of National Geographic maps and images.

    World Almanac Online

    Find facts on:

    Economy, Business, and Energy


    Military Affairs

    Health and Vital Statistics

    Personalities, Arts, and Media

    Science and Technology

    Consumer Information

    Nations of the World

    World History and Culture

    U.S. Facts and History

    U.S. Government

    U.S. Cities, States, and Population


  • Literature
  • Bloom's Literature

    Examines great writers, important works, memorable characters, and influential movements and events in world literature.

    Literary Reference Center

    Provides information on thousands of authors and their works across literary disciplines and timeframes by combining content from major respected reference works, monographs, classic books and anthologies, and literary journals.

    Literature Resource Center

    Provides biographical information about authors as well as literary criticism.

    Novel: A Forum on Fiction

    Contains essays concerned with the novel's role in engaging and shaping the world and essays on significant work on fiction and related areas of research and theory; recent issues include the early American novel, eighteenth-century fiction, and postcolonial modernisms.

    The Times Literary Supplement

    The TLS is the only literary weekly – in fact the only journal – to offer comprehensive coverage not just of the latest and most important publications, in every subject, in several languages – but also current theatre, opera, exhibitions and film. Online you may access 16 years’ worth of TLS content in an easily searchable and usable format. NOTE: Both on campus and off campus you must log in using MBA's username and password. See the off campus access link for that information.

  • Magazine/Periodical Articles
  • Gale Indexes

    Cross-searchable database of journal articles.


    Users of the JSTOR library will have access to the JSTOR collection of journals. The JSTOR database is unique because the complete backfiles of these core scholarly journals have been digitized, starting with the very first issues, many of which date from the 1800s. Over four million pages are now available. New titles and fields are being added constantly. Issues of journals are never "out"; they are always accessible.

    National Geographic

    This collection brings together a complete archive of National Geographic magazine from 1888 to the present along with a cross-searchable collection of National Geographic maps and images.


    This subscription is no longer available in print. Please see the username/password list for off campus access.

    Tennessee Electronic Library

    Search journal articles and other databases, free from the state of Tennessee.

  • Newspapers
  • Infotrac Newsstand

    A full-text newspaper database of more than 1,00 U.S. and international newspapers which allows users to search articles instantly by title, headline, date, newspaper section or other assigned fields.

    National Newspaper Index

    Provides quick access (1977 to present) to the indexing of America's top five newspapers in one seamless search: The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Christian Science Monitor, Los Angeles Times and The Washington Post

    The Tennessean

    Indexes top news stories and includes complete bibliographic information, companies, people, products, obituaries, etc.

    Tennessee Newspapers

    Covers the Chattanooga Times, The Commercial Appeal, and theKnoxville News Sentinel. See separate link for The Tennessean.

  • Presentation Tools
  • Glogster

    A program where users create free interactive posters, or glogs, incorporating text, images, photos, audio, videos, special effects, and other elements into their glogs to generate a multimedia online creation.


    A web-based presentation and storytelling tool that uses a single canvas instead of traditional slides.

  • Primary Sources
  • Global Issues in Context

    Coverage of countries and issues, emphasizing a global perspective, which includes podcast, videos, primary sources, world newspaper articles, reference encyclopedias, links to government and organization websites, and interactive graphs, tables, and charts.

    Tennessee Virtual Archive

    A digital repository of Tennessee history and culture, providing a searchable array of historical records, photographs, documents, maps, postcards, film, audio and other original materials.

    Tennessee's Landmark Documents

    This special collection of the Tennessee Virtual Archives includes King George’s Proclamation of 1763 to the earliest purchase of land from Native Americans to the first Constitutions of the State of Tennessee and other significant milestones in the formation and early history of the state in digital form.

  • Science and Health
  • Health Reference Center Academic

    Multi-source database provides access to the full text of nursing and allied health journals, plus the wide variety of personal health information sources.

    Health and Wellness Resource Center and Alternative Health Module

    Includes nearly 400 health/medical journals, hundreds of pamphlets, over 700 health-related videos from partner Healthology, Inc., and articles from 2,200 general interest publications in addition to a broad collection of Gale reference titles.

    Science in Context

    Thousands of current scholarly and popular periodical articles about scientific topics, including many photos and illustrations.

  • Web-based Research Tools
  • NoodleTools

    A comprehensive and accurate MLA, APA, and Chicago/Turabian bibliography composer with fully-integrated notecards, outline, and ability to create final paper in Google Docs.

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Cool Chatter: Plug Into Terrific Writer’s Blogs    
Read blogs by current writers such as Orson Scott Card, Neil Gaiman, and Khaled Hosseini.

Reading Rants! Out of the Ordinary Teen Booklists!   
A website featuring out of the ordinary booklists for teens, Reading Rants has been an online presence since 1998.

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