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Support for Research

Research Databases

The Libraries offer access to more than 500 research databases, indexing journal literature, technical reports and other sources. While some are of general academic interest, many are highly-specialized. Browse the database choices alphabetically, or by subject area. If you wish to bookmark your favorite databases, please set your bookmark to the entry in our database list, so that you'll be linking through our proxy server which facilitates off-campus use.

Most of our databases provide some direct access to full electronic text of journals and other sources; some such as JSTOR, Project MUSE and ScienceDirect offer extensive collections of electronic journals. 

Many databases offer update or current awareness services; a stored search strategy generates lists of matching citations whenever the database is updated, sent to you via email or RSS feed.

E-journals and E-books

Extension collections of electronic journals (more than 21,000 titles, many dating back to start of publication) and e-books (80,000+ titles) put many of the resources you need for research at your fingertips. All e-journals and e-books are included in the library catalog; you can also browse for e-journals only by title or subject area.

Research Guides

Research Guides are compiled by our subject-specialist librarians to identify particularly valuable research resources in specific subject areas. While they are primarily aimed at beginning researchers, they can also be valuable pointers to unfamiliar resources, particularly in interdisciplinary projects.

E-Z Borrow and ILLiad Document Delivery

Use E-Z Borrow or ILLiad Interlibrary Loan services to get books, articles, and other materials not owned by Drexel University Libraries, or not currently available. E-Z Borrow allows you to obtain books from PALCI-member libraries, usually within 4-5 days. ILLiad delivers electronic copies of journal articles and other documents directly to your desktop; it can also be used to request books not available via E-Z Borrow, dissertations, and other research materials. Copy service via ILLiad can used to request copies of articles from journals in the Drexel library collections.

Reciprocal Borrowing Privileges

Reciprocal agreements with other area institutions allow faculty to borrow directly from those libraries, usually with presentation of a letter from the Drexel libraries and university ID card; these include University of the Sciences in Philadelphia, University of Pennsylvania and the Restaurant School at Walnut Hill College. Many members of the Pennsylvania Academic Library Consortium (PALCI) also allow direct borrowing by faculty.


Pivot maintains a comprehensive source of funding information, representing over 400,000 funding opportunities, worth over $33 billion. Join Community of Science add your profile to the COS Expertise Database and get funding alerts based on your research interests. Contact your liaison librarian for more information, or help getting started.

Citation Searching

Web of Science offers searching by cited-reference, a valuable measure of research-impact for visa and tenure documentation.

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