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This multidisciplinary collection includes thousands of ebooks covering a wide array of academic subjects and features ebooks from leading publishers and university presses. All ebooks in this collection have unlimited user access.

  • Access is limited to SWOSU students and employees.
  • Simultaneous users: unlimited
  • Vendor: EBSCO
  • Publisher: EBSCO

Academic Search Complete provides fast access to articles from thousands of full-text journals, magazines, and newspapers across a wide range of topics, including the STEM disciplines, healthcare, education, social sciences, and the humanities. Along with over 3,700 full-text periodicals, ASC has indexes and abstracts for thousands of articles which can be requested via interlibrary loan.

  • Access is limited to SWOSU students and employees.
  • Simultaneous users: unlimited
  • Vendor: EBSCO
  • Publisher: EBSCO

Choose a link below to download an app for Academic Search Ultimate.


Academic Video Online is a streaming video collection containing thousands of video titles in a wide range of disciplines, including biology, business, education, healthcare, the humanities, the physical sciences, and the social sciences. The Academic Video Online collection can be browsed or searched by discipline.

AVO was previously named VAST: Academic Video Online.

Formerly known as VAST: Academic Video Online.

  • Access is limited to SWOSU students and employees.
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  • Publisher: Alexander Street Press

The complete text and images of Encyclopedia Britannica. Additional online features include thousands of multimedia sound and video resources, an atlas, web links, news updates, and more.

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FoD provides instant access to over 24,000 streaming educational videos covering a wide range of subject areas. Instructors: Follow these instructions to embed FoD videos into your Canvas courses.

Follow these instructions to create a personal FoD account. With a personal FoD account you can save playlists with your favorite videos and watch videos using FoD's mobile apps (Android | Apple).

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  • Publisher: Films Media Group

Follow these instructions to create a personal Films on Demand account. Then download the app for your device and login with your personal account to watch videos.


Use Funk and Wagnalls for basic information on over 25,000 topics.

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Access to more than two million images from some of the best collections in the world, including DK Images, Getty Images, the National Geographic Society, Oxford Scientific, and other leading sources. Image Quest is organized by subject matter and full searchable. All images are licensed for non-commercial educational use.

  • Access is limited to SWOSU students and employees.
  • Simultaneous users: unlimited
  • Publisher: Encyclopedia Britannica, Inc.

Issues and Controversies provides up-to-date, in-depth and objective information on prominent and hotly debated issues. It combines objective analysis with clear explanations of opposing points of view. Chronologies, illustrations, maps, tables, sidebars, bibliographies and contact information augment the balanced, accurate coverage of current and historical events.

  • Access is limited to SWOSU students and employees.
  • Simultaneous users: unlimited
  • Publisher: Infobase Learning

JSTOR is a full-text scholarly journal archive. JSTOR specializes in making available the back issues of journals in a wide variety of humanities and social science disciplines. Issues are available both as images and as text. Searching is possible within each title and across the whole database.

  • Access is limited to SWOSU students and employees.
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  • Publisher: JSTOR

Newspaper Source Plus contains the full text of major regional U.S. newspapers, eighteen international newspapers, and six newswires. Full text newspapers include the Christian Science Monitor, the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times, and USA Today. NSP also contains transcripts for many national news programs from ABC, CBS, CNN, FOX, MSNBC, NBC, and NPR.

  • Access is limited to SWOSU students and employees.
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  • Publisher: EBSCO

Nexis Uni (formerly LexisNexis) provides searchable access to a wide spectrum of full-text information from over 5,600 sources, including newspapers, broadcast transcripts, and court proceedings.

  • Access is limited to SWOSU students and employees.
  • Simultaneous users: unlimited
  • Publisher: LexisNexis

Oxford Reference contains titles from the Oxford Companion series, as well as the following:

  • 130+ subject dictionaries and the Oxford World Encyclopedia
  • English dictionaries, and bilingual dictionaries of French, German, Spanish, and Italian
  • Timelines linking over 2,000 key events in 20th-century history
  • 12,000 images and 500+ color maps
  • Access is limited to SWOSU students and employees.
  • Simultaneous users: unlimited
  • Publisher: Oxford

Points of View Reference Center is a full-text database that provides essays presenting multiple sides of a current issue. Each topic has an overview, point/counterpoint argument, and a Critical Thinking Guide. Example topics include: affirmative action, cloning, DNA profiling, HIV/AIDS status disclosure, immigration, Israel and the Palestinians, nuclear proliferation, separation of church and state, standardized testing, stem cell research, tax cuts, and many others

  • Access is limited to SWOSU students and employees.
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  • Publisher: EBSCO

Pop Culture Universe includes offers thousands of overviews of pop culture from the 1920's to the present, including movies, television shows, awards, fads, fashions, and news.

  • Access is limited to SWOSU students and employees.
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  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO Solutions

SAGE Research Methods is a research methods tool which provides access to over 200,000 pages of SAGE's book, journal and reference content using advanced search and discovery tools. SAGE Research Methods Cases is a collection of hundreds of case studies of real social research. SAGE Research Methods Datasets is a collection of teaching datasets that can be used to support the teaching of quantitative and qualitative analytical methods used in the social sciences.

  • Access is limited to SWOSU students and employees.
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  • Vendor: SAGE
  • Publisher: SAGE

As one of the largest statistics portals worldwide, Statista professionally gathers and compiles data from numerous institutes and sources. Users have access to statistics on more than 80,000 topics from over 18,000 individual sources covering a wide variety of disciplines, including business, education, health, political science, technology, and more. Business statistics are available for over 170 different industry sectors.

  • Access is limited to SWOSU students and employees.
  • Simultaneous users: unlimited
  • Vendor: statista.com
  • Publisher: statista.com

TOPICsearch contains articles from thousands of sources, including international and regional newspapers, magazines, biographies, public opinion polls, book reviews, pamphlets, and government information. Each article is associated with a main topic or current event which can be selected from drop down menus on the search page.

  • Access is limited to SWOSU students and employees.
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  • Publisher: EBSCO

US Major Dailies (formerly National Newspapers Core) includes the full text of the following newspapers:

  • Chicago Tribune
  • Los Angeles Times
  • New York Times
  • New York Times Book Review
  • New York Times Magazine
  • Wall Street Journal
  • Washington Post
  • Access is limited to SWOSU students and employees.
  • Simultaneous users: unlimited
  • Publisher: ProQuest

Search the holdings of academic, public, and special libraries throughout the US and the world. Use WorldCat to search for books, videos, and other materials not owned by the SWOSU library and request them through interlibrary loan. Advanced WorldCat searching is also available via FirstSearch.

  • No restrictions; available to everyone.
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  • Publisher: OCLC

ABC-CLIO Greenwood Press publishes biographies of major current and historical figures, as well as titles covering current affairs in politics and culture.

  • Access is limited to SWOSU students and employees.
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  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO Greenwood

An index to journals in science, technology, medicine, social science, business, the humanities, and popular culture.

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  • Publisher: OCLC

Get comprehensive, yet concise summaries of the best business books available. Abstracts, extended summaries, and reviews give you key business insights in less time.

  • Access is limited to SWOSU students and employees.
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  • Publisher: EBSCO

data.census.gov from the U.S. Census Bureau makes it easy to find and download statistics about population, education, housing, industry, and business. data.census.gov includes data from the American Community Survey and the Decennial Census. See examples of census data for Weatherford and Oklahoma. (data.census.gov has replaced American Fact Finder.)

  • No restrictions; available to everyone.
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  • Vendor: U.S. Census Bureau
  • Publisher: U.S. Census Bureau

Choice is a major source for reviews of academic books, electronic media, and Internet resources of interest to those in higher education. Reviews are timely, authoritative, and concise.

  • Access is limited to SWOSU students and employees.
  • Simultaneous users: unlimited
  • Publisher: American Library Association

ProQuest Ebook Central (formerly ebrary) provides thousands of ebooks in a broad range of subject areas, including business, technology, health and medicine, literature and the humanities, physical sciences, social sciences, and interdisciplinary studies. Many Ebook Central titles can be downloaded and read off-line using Adobe Digital Editions.

  • Access is limited to SWOSU students and employees.
  • Simultaneous users: unlimited
  • Publisher: ProQuest

Ebook Central recommends Bluefire Reader for viewing ebooks on phones and tablets.


Search, browse, and read the complete text of thousands of ebooks. EBSCO's eBook Collection has titles from major scholarly, academic, and technical publishers such as Cambridge University Press, the University of Oklahoma Press, Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, O'Reilly, and many more. Books can be downloaded for off-line reading on Windows and Macs using Adobe Digital Editions

Some ebooks may only allow one user to view the book at a time. eBook Collection was previously named NetLibrary.

  • Access is limited to SWOSU students and employees.
  • Simultaneous users: unlimited
  • Publisher: EBSCO

EBSCO recommends Bluefire Reader for viewing eBook Collection books on phones and tablets.


Search and browse the full-text of over 100 journals that the SWOSU Libraries subscribe to online. Tables of contents and abstracts are available for many journals for which the library does not have a subscription.

  • Access is limited to SWOSU students and employees.
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  • Vendor: EBSCO
  • Publisher: EBSCO

FSSW covers popular issues and meets the requirements of professionals in all fields of social work, social science and family practice. It provides comprehensive coverage of research, policy, and practice literature in the fields of family science, human ecology, human development, and social welfare.

  • Access is limited to SWOSU students and employees.
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  • Vendor: EBSCO Publishing
  • Publisher: EBSCO Publishing

Gale Virtual Reference Library is a multidisciplinary collection of reference ebooks. Areas of coverage include zoology, history, and the social sciences.

  • Access is limited to SWOSU students and employees.
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  • Publisher: Gale Cengage Learning

Google Scholar is a subset of Google's web search which searches scholarly literature, including papers, theses, books, and reports.

  • Access is limited to SWOSU students and employees.
  • Simultaneous users: unlimited
  • Publisher: Google

This resource is a collection of digital ebooks created from the collections of major research libraries. Thousands of public domain works can be searched and viewed online. 

Important: Not every book in Hathi is available in full text. See the User's Guide to HathiTrust (PDF) for more information. SWOSU students and employees can request a copy of any title which is not in full text by filling out the library's interlibrary loan form.

  • No restrictions; available to everyone.
  • Publisher: HathiTrust

Kanopy offers video streaming for thousands of films covering a wide array of subjects across the disciplines. The collection includes educational documentaries, feature films, and interviews from over 900 producers and filmmakers, including Criterion, Green Planet Films, Psychotherapy.net, BBCActive, DEFA Film Library, and Kino Lorber.

  • Access is limited to SWOSU students and employees.
  • Simultaneous users: unlimited
  • Publisher: kanopy

LibriVox makes public domain books available for free in audio format. Many LibriVox-recorded titles are also available through Project Gutenberg Audio Books.

  • No restrictions; available to everyone.
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  • Publisher: LibriVox

Designed specifically for high school teachers and students, MAS Complete covers a wide range of subject areas that are of interest to high school students including art, history, sports, music, film, travel, science, the Internet, fashion, religion, nature, hobbies, current events, fiction and much more. MAS Complete has full-text for hundreds of high school magazines and reference books, as well as photos and graphics.

  • Access is limited to SWOSU students and employees.
  • Vendor: EBSCO
  • Publisher: EBSCO

Listen to classic novels, plays, and poetry from medieval times to the twentieth century. All works are read by professional actors and actresses. Browse 21 categories, from Children's Classics, Classic Fiction, to Shakespeare's Plays, Music Education, and more. Many texts are available to follow on-screen or can be printed out.

  • Access is limited to SWOSU students and employees.
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  • Publisher: Naxos Digital Services

Search or browse the full text of the New York Times from 1851–2017.

  • Access is limited to SWOSU students and employees.
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  • Publisher: ProQuest

Open Dissertations provides citations (and, when available, full-text links) for more than 1.4 million electronic theses and dissertations from more than 320 universities around the world.

  • Access is limited to SWOSU students and employees.
  • Vendor: EBSCO
  • Publisher: EBSCO

An index to papers presented at congresses, conferences, expositions, workshops, symposia, and meetings.
  • Access is limited to SWOSU students and employees.
  • Simultaneous users: unlimited
  • Publisher: OCLC

Maintained by The British Library, ProceedingsFirst provides citations for congresses, symposia, conferences, expositions, workshops, and meetings.

  • Access is limited to SWOSU students and employees.
  • Simultaneous users: unlimited
  • Publisher: OCLC

Sign-up for a RefWorks account. RefWorks is an online research management, writing, and collaboration tool designed to help researchers and students easily gather, organize, store and share all types of information and to instantly generate citations and bibliographies in standard MLA, APA, AMA, and Chicago styles. Check out these tutorials and guides that'll help you get the most out of RefWorks.

Important info about RefWorks accounts created before 1/25/2019: If you have a RefWorks account created prior to January 25th, 2019 you'll need to upgrade your legacy account to the new RefWorks. The upgrade is a simple one-time procedure which seamlessly transfers your references to the new RefWorks. See this page for instructions. To login to legacy RefWorks click here.

  • Access is limited to SWOSU students and employees.
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  • Publisher: ProQuest

This database provides extensive coverage for full-text regional business publications, including Oklahoma City's The Journal Record. Researchers can access essential newspapers, radio and TV news transcripts, trade publications, magazines, newswires, and videos.

  • Access is limited to SWOSU students and employees.
  • Vendor: EBSCO
  • Publisher: EBSCO

Today's Science presents the latest scientific discoveries and the fundamental concepts that underlie them. Drawing on major scientific journals, magazines and newspapers in the United States and abroad, Today’s Science covers health, the environment, technology, life science, physical science, earth and space science, and science and society.

  • Access is limited to SWOSU students and employees.
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  • Publisher: Infobase Learning

Ulrichsweb is an easy to search source of detailed information on more than 300,000 periodicals (also called serials) of all types: academic and scholarly journals, e-journals, peer-reviewed titles, popular magazines, newspapers, newsletters, and more.

  • Access is limited to SWOSU students and employees.
  • Simultaneous users: 1
  • Publisher: ProQuest

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