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A-Z List of Library Databases   Tags: articles, audio, databases, e-books, ebooks, films, journal_articles, music, online_music, reference, video  

Research Databases available from WCU Libraries.
Last Updated: Apr 3, 2014 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

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Problems accessing Library Resources in D2L?

Alert (Sept. 2013) :  Embedded videos or other library resources in D2L may be blocked by browser security settings.  See the attached document (also posted in D2L) for details on how to turn off those settings & access the resources.


Help with specific databases

Academic Search Complete


  • ComDisDome Tutorial This tutorial shows how to use the ComDisDome database for finding research in the Communication Sciences and Disorders.



    Library Catalog


    • MEDLINE Tutorial  This tutorial from Walt Cressler, WCU Science Librarian, shows advanced techniques for searching in MEDLINE.

    Natural Standard

    • Natural Standard This 9-minute video introduces the Natural Standard database content and how to search it. From the vendor.

    Project Muse

    • Project Muse  This video shows the basics of searching the database Project Muse.  Made by Reading Area Community College Librarians through a grant project with PASSHE libraries.


    Seventeenth and Eighteenth Century Burney Collection Newspapers


    Do you have a request for a library video about database searching or research? If so please email Rachel McMullin,


    Films on Demand - Technical Tips

    Having trouble playing FoD videos? Blank screen or very slow, causing it to time out?  Browser security settings or lack of an updated video-player (Windows Media Player, QuickTime or Flash) on the computer can create problems.  Try these steps:

    1. First of all, try the Configuration Test on the Help page,
      Run the test with the embedded video box to see if any major errors are reported.  For example, it may be useful to install or update QuickTime:
    2. In your Internet Explorer browser, go to > Tools  > Compatibility Settings (or Compatibility View) &  select  Display all websites in Compatibility View.  Now close Internet Explorer, re-open it, and try Films on Demand again.  Loading and response time for the video streaming should improve.  If not, please contact the WCU Electronic Resources Librarian, Jane Hutton: or 610.436.2453

    Films on Demand also provides several tip sheets:



    Click on a letter tab/Page above to find links to databases by name, e.g. "A -- B" to find a link to Academic Search Complete.

    Hover over the Subjects tab/Page to go to Pages that list databases by academic discipline.

    Need Help?  see information on the rest of this page.


    Access to Library Databases

    To access the library databases, log in with your WCU username & password - or your library barcode number on the back of your ID card.  For more information, see our Help page.

    Graduate students without ID cards should be able to access the databases with your WCU username/password, but you will need a barcode authentication number for using E-Z Borrow interlibrary loan.  To obtain one of these numbers, please fill out this form.

    Still having problems?  Contact the library reference desk via phone: 610.436.2453 ; text: 610-915-8659 ; or email:


    Need Research Help?

    See our Library Research Guides for subject areas and specific courses!

    You can get help from a librarian through email:

    phone:610.436.2453 or txt:610-915-8659

    Reference Desk Hours: Regular fall and spring semester hours are listed below.

    Reference hours vary during breaks and summer.

    Mon- Thurs 8:30 am-10:00 pm

    Friday         8:30 am-5:00 pm

    Saturday     12:00 pm-5:00 pm

    Sunday       12:00 pm-10:00 pm

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