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Find thousands of articles in journals, magazines, and newspapers by using these databases. If you're not sure which database to use, ask a librarian for help.

How to Use Databases

Start with a General Idea

Start with a general index that covers a wide range of topics, such as Academic Search or CBCA Reference. If you can't find relevant articles, use a more specialized index.

Search for Resources

Use the Search tool in the database to look for articles relevant to your subject. Some databases will allow you to access the full text document, which you can print and use immediately.

If the article you want is not available in full text, check the periodical holdings for NIC or other BC post-secondary institutions by clicking on the icon or the words "Where can I get this?" located on the citation page.

Complete an Interlibrary Loan form

Complete an interlibrary loan form and submit it to the circulation desk. You can also fill out the form online. NIC library staff can then order a copy of an article from another library, and call you when it arrives. If you are off-campus, you will be asked to login with your myNIC User ID and Password. To connect from home, follow the steps outlined in the FAQs.

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to drop in or contact your local campus library.


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Academic Search Premier external link
Date Range: 1984-present
Full text/partial: Index/Abstract/FullText
Topics Covered: Social sciences, humanities, education, computer sciences, engineering, language and linguistics, arts and literature, medical sciences, and ethnic studies.
User Notes: Contains 8,025 abstracted and indexed journals; 4,513 full text journals; 6,850 peer-reviewed, abstracted and indexed journals; and 3,630 peer-reviewed, full text journals.

Alt Healthwatch external link
Date Range: 1990-present
Full text/partial: Index/Abstract/FullText
Topics Covered: Focuses on complementary, holistic, and integrated approaches to health care and wellness.
User Notes: Includes 50,000 articles from over 175 international, peer-reviewed and professional journals, magazines, reports, proceedings and association and consumer newsletters, plus hundreds of pamphlets, booklets, special reports, original research and book excerpts. In addition to the standard bibliographic citations, the database indexes each article by more than 225 subject categories, 16 articles types and 11 publication types.

Anatomy & Physiology Online external link
Date Range:
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Topics Covered:Includes 19 comprehensive modules on the human body , 3D anatomy and new integrated physiology content.

Applied Science & Technology Full Text external link
Date Range: 1984-present
Full text/partial: Index/Abstract/FullText
Topics Covered: Content covers a wide variety of applied science specialties.
User Notes: Full text access to approximately 180 titles.

Art Full Textexternal link
Date Range: 1984-present
Fulltext/partial: Index/Abstract/FullText
Topics Covered: Fine art, decorative and commercial art, archaeology, architecture, art history, costume, crafts, industrial design, films, photography, and ceramics.
User Notes: Full text access to approximately 195 titles.

BC Stats external link
Date Range:
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Topics Covered: BC Stats is the central statistical agency of the Province of British Columbia. It maintains the provincial government's largest concentration of statistical products, services, and expertise.

Biological & Agricultural Index Plus external link
Date Range: 1984-present
Fulltext/partial: Index/Abstract/FullText
Topics Covered: Biology and agriculture.
User Notes: Full text access to approximately 100 titles.

Biomedical Reference Collection: Comprehensive external link
Date Range: 1960-present
Fulltext/partial: Index/Abstract/FullText
Topics Covered: Clinical medicine, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, pre-clinical sciences and the health care system.
User Notes: Full text access to approximately 900 titles.

Books in Print external link
Date Range: N/A
Fulltext/partial: Indexed
Topics Covered: Books in Print is an essential bibliographic tool for libraries, booksellers, and publishers worldwide.

British Colonist external link
Date Range: 1858-1910
Fulltext/partial: Full text
Topics Covered: Newspaper
User Notes: The date range is key, because it covers the years when Victoria was the largest city in the province, and the Colonist was the largest newspaper. Included are articles, advertisements and photographs.

Business Source Premier external link
Date Range: 1982-present
Fulltext/partial: Index/Abstract/FullText
Topics Covered: Management economics, finance, accounting, and international business.
User Notes: This database contains over 3,600 full text scholarly journals and business periodicals. The database also includes country economic reports from the EIU, Global Insight, ICON Group, CountryWatch, etc. Business Source Premier contains PDF images for the great majority of journals; many of these PDFs are searchable and scanned-in-color. 10,000 substantial company profiles and 1,600 industry reports are also included.

CANSIM external link
User Notes: CANSIM is Statistics Canada's key socioeconomic database. Updated daily, CANSIM provides fast and easy access to a large range of the latest statistics available in Canada.

Canadian Literary Centre external link
Date Range:1971-present
Fulltext/partial: Index/Abstract/FullText
Topics Covered: Focusing on Canadian literature and authors, this index includes monographs, biographies, essay, literary criticism, and book reviews.
User Notes: The Canadian Literary Centre consists of book and reference content from Essays on Canadian Writing Press. ECW Press also provides several individual monographs and biographies, essays and literary criticism. The database includes book reviews, essays, author biographies, and much more.

Canadian Newsstand external link
Date Range: 1985-present
Fulltext/partial: FullText
Topics Covered: Articles, columns, editorials and features published in a variety of Canadian newspapers
User Notes: This database provides primarily full text access to the articles, columns, editorials and features published in a variety of Canadian newspapers, many with extensive back files. Database content is updated daily, following a seven-day embargo period.

Canadian Research Index external link
Date Range: 1980-present
Fulltext/partial: Index/Abstract
Topics Covered: Canadian government and research publications
User Notes: The database includes all depository publications of research value issued by both the federal government and the ten provinces and three territories; hard to find non-depository publications issued by hundreds of Canadian government agencies and departments; scientific and technical report literature issued by research institutes and government laboratories

CBCA Business external link
Date Range: Early 1970s-present
Fulltext/partial: Full text/abstracts/indexed
Topics Covered: In depth access to a broad range of Canadian business periodicals.
User Notes: Over 400 journals make up the collection with file depth back to the early 1980's. Included are trade journals, general business publications, academic journals, topical journals, and professional publications.

CBCA Reference & Current Events external link
Date Range: 1971-present
Fulltext/partial: Index/Abstract/FullText
Topics Covered: Canadian periodicals and current affairs information, and incorporates a comprehensive subject guide to periodical literature.
User Notes: Full text access to approximately 247 titles.

CINAHL with Fulltext external link
Date Range: 1982-present
Fulltext/partial: Full text/abstracts/indexed
Topics Covered: Nursing, biomedicine, alternative/complementary medicine and consumer health
User Notes: Indexes over 2,700 journals, and provides full text access to over 300 journals. In addition, this database offers access to health care books, nursing dissertations, selected conference proceedings, standards of practice, educational software, audiovisuals and book chapters.

CUFTS Journal Search external link
Date Range: N/A
Fulltext/partial: N/A
Topics Covered: CUFTS allows users to search by journal title or ISSN to determine what databases and electronic collections contain a specific journal. This helps locate full text article availability and where a title has been indexed.

Directory of Canadian Adult Literacy Research in English external link
Date Range: 1994-date
Fulltext/partial: Full text/abstracts
Topics Covered: Canadian research in adult literacy and research in progress.
User Notes: Note that although some materials seem to be available for a cost, this reflects the cost of a paper copy; online access is free where available.

Directory of Open Access Journals external link
Date Range: N/A
Fulltext/partial: Full text
Topics Covered: Scientific and scholarly journals in all subjects and languages.
User Notes: There are approximately 4,297 journals in the directory. Currently, over 1,500 journals are searchable at the article level.

Early Journal Content external link
Date Range: prior to 1923
Fulltext/partial: Index/FullText
Topics Covered: Arts and humanities, economics, politics, mathematics and other sciences
User Notes: Approximately 500,000 articles from more than 200 journals; Choose "Content I Can Access" on search screen

eBook Academic Collection external link
Date Range: 1812- current
Fulltext/partial: Full text
Topics Covered: Science, Medicine, Technology, Business, History, Philosophy, Psychology, Philosophy, Political Science, Geography, Anthropology, Fine Arts, Language and Literature
User Notes: over 120,000 titles

Empire Club of Canada external link
Date Range: 1903-present
Fulltext/partial: Abstract/FullText
Topics Covered: Speeches given by prominent Canadian and international leaders to the Empire Club of Canada on a variety of political topics.
User Notes: Free access website.

ERIC external link
Date Range: 1966-present
Fulltext/partial: Full text/abstracts/indexed
Topics Covered: Research findings, technical reports, and unpublished manuscripts related to education.
User Notes: Indexes over 1,000 US, Canadian and British education periodicals.

Films on Demand – Health Collection external link
Date Range:
Fulltext/partial:
Topics Covered:Streamed videos on subject areas such as diseases, disorders and disabilities, human anatomy and physiology, public health, and health and wellness
User Notes:

Films on Demand – Master Academic Collection external link
Date Range:
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Topics Covered:
User Notes: Enjoy instant 24/7 access to thousands of high-quality digital programs and video clips. The Master Collection includes Humanities and Social Sciences Collection, Science Collection, Business and Economics Collection, and Health Collection.

Films on Demand – Technical Collection (Trades) external link
Date Range:
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Topics Covered:Streamed videos on subject areas such as automotive technology, building and technical trades, engineering technology, and graphics and design.
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First Nations Periodical Index external link
Date Range: 1980-date
Fulltext/partial: Index
Topics Covered: Mainly Canadian Native content.
User Notes: Free access website.

Gale Literary Index external link
Date Range: N/A
Fulltext/partial: Index
Topics Covered: Classical and Medieval Literature Criticism, Contemporary Canadian Authors, Contemporary Literary Criticism, Literature Criticism from 1400-1800, Nineteenth-Century Literature Criticism, Poetry Criticism, Shakespearean Criticism, Short Story Criticism, Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism, and World Literature Criticism.
User Notes: Free access website

General Science Index external link
Date Range: 1984-present
Fulltext/partial: Index
Topics Covered: Wide range of scientific disciplines

Genetic Home Reference external link
User notes: A site from the US National Library of Medicine which provides consumer-friendly information about genetic conditions and the effects of genetic variations on human health.

Google Scholar external link
Date Range: 1700-present
Fulltext/partial: Index/Abstract/FullText
Topics Covered: All disciplines
User Notes: Search scholarly literature as a North Island College user. Use the "Get this @ NIC Library" link to access licensed fulltext.

GreenFILE external link
Date Range: N/A
Fulltext/partial: Abstract/FullText
Topics Covered: Global warming, agriculture, education, technology, alternative fuel sources and recycling.
User Notes: Contains 295,000 records, 4,600 of which are full text and are comprised of scholarly, general interest, government documents and reports.

Health Source: Consumer Edition external link
Date Range: 1990-present
Fulltext/partial: Index/Abstract/FullText
Topics Covered: Health topics including the medical sciences, food sciences, nutrition, childcare, sports medicine and general health.
User Notes: Full text for over 160 journals and 1,016 health-related pamphlets.

Health Source: Nursing/Academic Edition external link
Date Range: 1990-present
Fulltext/partial: Index/Abstract/FullText
Topics Covered: Focuses on many medical disciplines. Coverage of nursing and allied health is particularly strong.
User Notes: Full text access to approximately 550 titles.

Hoover's Company Records external link
Date Range: current
Fulltext/partial: Index/Abstract/FullText
Topics Covered: Profiles of more than 40,000 companies, 600 industries, and 225,000 key executives.
User Notes: Includes company history, officers and board members, competitors, products and operations, auditors, rankings, related industry information, and historical financials.

Hospitality and Tourism Complete external link
Date Range: 1965-present
Fulltext/partial: Abstract/FullText
Topics Covered: Culinary arts, demographics & statistics, development & investment, food & beverage management, hospitality law, hotel management & administrative practices, leisure & business travel, market trends, and technology.
User Notes: Full text access to approximately 700 titles.

Humanities Source external link
Date Range: 1990-present
Fulltext/partial: Abstract/FullText
Topics Covered: Art, classical studies, English, dance, film, history, journalism, philosophy, religion and more.
User Notes: Fulltext to approximately 1500 journals.

IDP Database of Research on International Education external link
Date Range:
Fulltext/partial: FullText / Partial
Topics Covered: Various aspects of international education.
User Notes: Contains details of more than 8,000 books, articles, conference papers and reports from publishers in Australia and abroad.

Medline Full Text external link
Date Range: 1965-present
Fulltext/partial: Index/FullText
Topics Covered: All aspects of medicine, nursing, health care system, veterinary medicine, and much more.
User Notes: Full text for more than 1,370 titles. 

MedlinePlus external link
User Notes: This site provides easy access to medical journal articles, plus extensive information about drugs, an illustrated medical encyclopedia, interactive patient tutorials, and latest health news.

National Film Board CAMPUS external link
Date Range:
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Topics Covered: Approximately 2500 productions in English and French available 24/7 streamed to the classroom or personal computer. Choose from an International treasury of stories with acclaimed documentaries, award-winning animation and alternative dramas-exploring history, the environment, culture, media literacy and a vast range of topics.

Nationmaster external link
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Topics Covered: Generate maps and graphs on all kinds of statistics at Nationmaster. This site provides an easy way to graphically compare nations using a vast compilation of data from such sources as the CIA World Factbook, UN, and OECD.

NRC Research Press Journals external link
Date Range: 1951 - 2010
Fulltext/partial: Full text
Topics Covered: Biology, chemistry, and physics.

Nursing Assessment Videos external link
User Notes: Nursing Assessment Videos provides demonstrations and step-by-step instructions for performing physical assessments of patients. Content includes: physical assessment, anatomy and physiology, cardiopulmonary assessment, abnormal signs, patient interview, observation and more.

Nursing Assistant Education Videos external link
User Notes: Nursing Assistant Education Videos gives students and faculty access to Medcom-Trainex's videos on the fundamentals of practical and assistant nursing. Content includes: aging/gerontology, nursing home, dementia, depression, personal care, fundamentals of nursing and more.

Our Homes Are Bleeding Digital Collection external link
User Notes: First Nations archive from the Union of BC Indian Chiefs, including historical records, maps, documents, newspaper articles, photographs, audio and video clips, and records on microfilm from 1971 to 2001.

OvidSP external link
Date Range: N/A
Fulltext/partial: FullText
Topics Covered: Nursing, medicine, life sciences, behavioural and social sciences.

Oxford Reference Online external link
Date Range: N/A
Fulltext/partial: Full text
Topics Covered: Art, Sciences, Business & Economics, Food and Drink, Languages, Law, Literature Pre-History, History, Natural History, Math, Medicine, Politics, Social Sciences, Religion, Mythology, Philosophy

Primal Pictures external link
Date Range:
Fulltext/partial:
Topics Covered: the ultimate online anatomy reference— a comprehensive selection of dynamic, interactive modules featuring more than 6,500 highly accurate, three-dimensional anatomy models.Modules focus on individual organs, regions of the body, or anatomical systems.

Professional Development Collection external link
Date Range: N/A
Fulltext/partial: Index/Abstract/FullText
Topics Covered: Education
User Notes: 722 Abstracted and Indexed Journals, 518 Full Text Journals, 506 Peer-Reviewed, Abstracted and Indexed Journals, 343 Peer-Reviewed, Full Text Journals

PsycArticles external link
Date Range: 1894-present
Fulltext/partial: Full text
Topics Covered: Psychology as well as basic, applied, clinical and theoretical research.
User Notes: More than 26,000 searchable full-text articles from 53 peer reviewed journals. 

PsycINFO external link
Date Range: 1887-present
Fulltext/partial: Index/Abstract
Topics Covered: Psychological literature
User Notes: 2 million references to psychological literature from journal articles, books, book chapters, technical reports, and dissertations.

Regional Business News external link
Date Range: N/A
Fulltext/partial: Full text
Topics Covered: Business News
User Notes: Regional Business News incorporates coverage of 75 business journals, newspapers and newswires from all metropolitan and rural areas within the United States. This database is updated on a daily basis. Regional Business News has full text for more than 60 sources.

Readers' Guide Abstracts external link
Date Range: 1983-present
Fulltext/partial: Index/Abstract
Topics Covered: General interest
User Notes: Citations and abstracts from over 240 popular and general interest North American periodicals which are updated monthly.

Social Sciences Full Text external link
Date Range: 1984-present
Fulltext/partial: Index/Abstract/FullText
Topics Covered: Social Sciences
User Notes: Full text access to approximately 300 titles.

Statistics Canada external link
Date Range:
Fulltext/partial:
Topics Covered: Statistics Canada compiles statistical data for all the provinces as well as the federal government, to help better understand Canada, its population, resources, economy, society, and culture. In addition to conducting a survey every five years, there are approximately 350 active surveys on virtually every aspect of Canadian life.

Thesis Canada Portalexternal link
Date Range: 1965-present
Fulltext/partial: Full text
Topics Covered: Access and search the full text electronic versions of numerous Canadian theses and dissertations.
User Notes: Free access website

TOXLINEexternal link
Date Range: N/A
Fulltext/partial: Abstract/FullText
Topics Covered: Biochemical, pharmacological, physiological, and toxicological effects of drugs and other chemicals.
User Notes: Free access website

US Census Bureau external link
Date Range:
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Topics Covered: The US Census Bureau provides access to demographic and economic data relevant to the United States, the American people, and the economy.

Henderson International Nursing Libraryexternal link
Range: N/A
Fulltext/partial: Abstract
Topics Covered: Nursing
User Notes: Free access website



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