Catalogs and databases | Central Methodist University

Smiley Library subscribes to numerous online catalogs and databases, providing access to full-text articles and citations from many different disciplines to students and faculty on and off campus. If you are not on the La Fayette campus, you must provide your myCMU login information when prompted.

Please ensure that all pop-up blockers and firewalls are disabled. These programs can block connectivity to databases.

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Central search

Central Search by EBSCO is a one-stop shop for searching almost all library and database content. Use simple search and full-text links to access resources faster!

  • Aggregate search for better results! Limits and clickable options in the left column.
  • Clickable boxes for peer-reviewed and full-text content
  • Easily save, print or email marked records and create citations for your bibliography.
  • Use our interlibrary loan form to order non-full-text articles


AVALON Catalog: This catalog includes all materials belonging to the Smiley Memorial Library. It also contains library materials from the University of Central Missouri, Missouri Valley College, Truman State, MACC, and others. Items can be requested from this catalog and will be received in 2-3 days. You will be prompted to create a PIN the first time you request items from AVALON.

MOBIUS Catalog: MOBIUS is an academic library consortium with more than 70 member colleges, universities, and public libraries in the state of Missouri and throughout the Midwest. Most of the documents in this catalog can be requested and delivered to the Smiley Memorial Library or any other MOBIUS library. Items usually arrive within 3-5 days. The MOBIUS catalog also contains a link to Prospector, the catalog of the Colorado Research Alliance, which also offers direct borrowings. To choose AVALON cluster when requesting items.

Physical items retrieved from AVALON or MOBIUS libraries result in $15 fines if items are more than 30 days late.

MOBIUS e-book catalogue: search for more than 100,000 e-books in all fields. Read the full title online or download to your mobile device. The Ebook catalog is fully integrated with the QUEST catalog.

Data base

Reference databases

Credo Reference: an innovative database of major reference works, complete with topic by keyword and visual search. Contains over 395 full-text titles made up of a total of 3.2 million entries all interconnected by millions of links.

Oxford English Dictionary: The OED is widely regarded as the recognized authority on the English language. It’s an unrivaled guide to the meaning, history and pronunciation of 600,000 words – past and present – of the English-speaking world.


Nexis Uni: (formerly Lexis-Nexis University) Nexis Uni offers more than 15,000 news, business, and legal sources from LexisNexis, including U.S. Supreme Court decisions dating back to 1790, with an intuitive interface that offers rapid discovery of all types of content, customization features such as alerts and saved searches, and a collaborative workspace with shared folders and annotated documents.

Current issues and archives of The New York Times: This archive contains all of the content produced by the nation’s preeminent newspaper since it began publishing in 1851. Please contact the library for the username and password for the archive.

Missouri Historical Newspapers: The State Historical Society of Missouri provides digital access to over 100 19th and early 20th century newspapers from across Missouri. Search by title, city or department.

Thematic databases

Academic Search Premier: Our largest interdisciplinary database, containing full-text and bibliographic content from a wide range of academic disciplines. This database is the heart of Central Search.

A to Z The World Link: A collection of information on countries around the world. Contains geographical, cultural and political information. Ideal for country reports!

BioOne Complete: a database containing a unique set of high-impact bioscience journals. All content is full text.

Business Source Elite: This database provides full-text coverage of leading business, management, and economics journals and periodicals. These valuable publications cover topics such as accounting, banking, finance, international business, marketing, sales and more.

CINAHL Plus with full text: a database of nursing and allied health literature provided by EBSCO. Some of the indexed articles are full text.

Consumer Health Complete – EBSCOhost: A comprehensive resource for consumer-focused health content. It is designed to meet the information needs of patients and promote a comprehensive understanding of health-related topics. Consumer health completed provides content covering all areas of health and wellness, from traditional medicine to the many perspectives of complementary, holistic and integrated medicine.

Criminal Justice Abstracts w/ Full Text: is the leading full-text database for criminal justice research. It offers an essential collection of journals for students and scholars researching criminal justice and criminology.

Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ): DOAJ is a community-curated online directory that indexes and provides access to high-quality, open access, peer-reviewed journals.

Education Full-Text: This full-text database covers major fields of education and related fields of study. Education Full Text is an essential source for educational research and is ideal for students, professionals and education policy makers.

ERIC: Education Resource Information Center, contains over 1.3 million records and links to over 323,000 full-text documents dating back to 1966.

Movies On Demand: Outstanding Humanities Movie Content, ABC News, NBC News, PBS, BBC, National Geographic, The News Hour with Jim Lehrer, Bill Moyers, Shopware, The Open University, A&E, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center , Fred Friendly Seminars, Cambridge Educational and many more. Programs from over 700 producers are included.

FMG Collection of Archival and Newsreel Films: A subset of on-demand films that includes historical film reels and digitized archival film.

Forensic Science: Fully searchable electronic access to Salem Science’s reference books on forensic science.

HeritageQuest Online: A comprehensive database of American genealogical sources, rich in unique primary sources, local and family histories, and finding aids. It offers an essential collection of genealogical and historical sources, with coverage dating back to the 1700s.

Humanities Source: a valuable full-text database covering literary, scientific and creative thought. It provides full text, indexing and summaries of the most reputable scholarly sources in the humanities.

ICE (International Clinical Educators Inc.) Learning Center Video Library: Collections of innovative streaming videos, from real patients and therapists, created to inspire clinical excellence for faculty, students and clinicians in clinical programs. occupational therapy and physiotherapy.

JSTOR Language and Literature: A collection of full-text scholarly journals covering all areas of language and literature. This database is an electronic collection of journals covering the 1990s through 2007.

Learning Express Library: Learning Express is a practice testing service that provides immediate scoring, full answer explanations, and individualized analysis of your results.

Magill’s Literary Annuals: Collections of book reviews and additional material organized by year.

MasterFILE Premier: This multidisciplinary database provides the full text of nearly 1,700 periodicals with full-text information dating back to 1975. Covering virtually every area of ​​general interest, MasterFILE Premier also contains the full text of almost 500 reference works and over 164,400 primary source documents, as well as an image collection of over 592,000 photos, maps and flags.

Musicians and Composers of the 20th Century: A fully searchable, full-text electronic reference set containing extensive coverage of musicians and composers from the past 100 years.

Naxos Music Library: This collection includes over 400,000 music files, available to stream through your PC using an integrated music player. Users can also create shareable playlists and access support documentation. Classical, folk, spoken word and popular music are all included in this database.

Oxford Music Online: Oxford Music Online is the gateway providing users with the ability to access multiple music reference resources and cross-search in one place.

Public Library of Science (PLOS): Open Access, scientific science content, curated for modern researchers and students. Includes content on biology, chemistry, environmental science, and more.

PsycINFO: This database is the world’s largest resource for peer-reviewed literature in behavioral science and mental health. Produced by the American Psychological Association, it is an indispensable tool for the discovery of global scientific research.

Scientific Reference Center: A comprehensive research database that provides easy access to a wealth of full-text scientific content. This database contains the full text of nearly 640 scientific encyclopedias, reference works, periodicals, etc. Topics covered include: biology, chemistry, earth and space sciences, environmental sciences, health and medicine, history of science, life sciences, physics, science and society, science as inquiry, science, technology and wildlife.

UpToDate: An electronic clinical resource tool for physicians and patients that provides information on adult primary care and internal medicine.