OCLC FirstSearch Databases

Information at Your Fingertips

A Guide for Survival in the Information Jungle


Special Features | Available Databases | Organizations


OCLC First Search Databases Provide

  1. Art Information
  2. Books
  3. Business Information
  4. Conference Proceedings
  5. Education Information
  6. Encyclopedias
  7. Health Information
  8. Internet Resources
  9. Legal Information
  10. Magazine articles
  11. Religious Studies Information
  12. Science Information


Special Features And Useful Hints For First Search

  1. To print: click "Print" on gray bar. Then click "Print" on browser toolbar.
  2. Full-text articles and citations can be emailed to your own off-campus address.
  3. Journal Citations not owned by the Elms can be submitted to the Interlibrary Loan Department for retrieval (for Elms Students only).
  4. Your search can be limited to articles with full-text.
  5. Search words can be truncated with an asterisk (*).
  6. Search three databases at the same time.
  7. Databases may be viewed in English, Spanish, or French.


Available Databases

  1. Applied Science and Technology Abstracts (ASTA) provides information on management, careers and employment, and financial trends in the scientific and technological fields. Coverage: 1983 to present.
  2. Art Abstracts database includes leading publications in the world of the arts. It serves as a comprehensive record of reporductions of works of art that appear anywhere in any of the indexed publications.
  3. ArticleFirst is an index of articles from the contents pages of journals.
  4. ATLA Religion database provides an index to religious and theological literature for students and faculty. The database spans over 50 years with selected records going back to 1818.
  5. Clase and Periodica indexes documents published in Latin American journals specializing in the social science, humanities, science, and technology.
  6. Electronic Books (Ebooks) contains all the online electronic books cataloged by OCLC member libraries.
  7. Electronic Collections OnLine (ECO) gives access to a collection of scholarly journals in a variety of subject areas, all with full-text articles online.
  8. ERIC provides a centralized website for searching the ERIC bibliographic database of more than 1.1 million citations going back to 1966.
  9. General Science Abstracts covers general science literature from the U.S. and Europe. Citations start in 1984 and abstracts start in 1993.
  10. GPO (Government Publication Office) covers all types of U.S. government documents, including Congressional reports, hearings, debates, and records; judiciary materials; and documents issued by executive departments (Defense, State, Labor, Office of the President, etc.). Bibliographic citations are included in each record.
  11. Index to Legal Periodicals database includes information covering all areas of jurisprudence.
  12. Medline covers all areas of medicine, including dentistry and nursing. The database corresponds to the print indexes, Index Medicus, Index to Dental Literature, and International Nursing Index.
  13. PapersFirst is an index of papers presented at conferences worldwide.
  14. ProceedingsFirst is an index of worldwide conference proceedings.
  15. World Almanac provides a fundamental reference source, including biographies, encyclopedia entries, facts, and statistics.
  16. WorldCat provides a list of books, web resources, and other material worldwide that have been cataloged by OCLC member libraries.
  17. WorldCatDissertations is a database of all dissertations and theses available in WorldCat.

Access Is Made Possible by the Following

OCLC (Online Computer Library Center, Inc.)


The Alumnae Library


Alumnae Library
Michael Smith
Interim Reference Librarian



Alumnae Library
Elaine Pinkos
Associate Librarian/Associate Professor - Head of Technical Services & Federal Documents