Research Databases

For your convenience, we have prepared lists of suggested databases for specific subjects, which you can choose from below. 

Already know which Naropa database you want to use? View the alphabetical list.

You can use these databases on the computers in the library—or from anywhere you have an Internet connection, using our remote access service.

If you physically go over to Norlin Library at CU, you can use their databases as well on the public computers in the reference room. (Remember, you can also check out books with a Norlin voucher.)

Alphabetical List of Research Databases

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Academic Search Premier
A multidisciplinary database with full text for thousands of journals, and citation information for thousands more.

Art Therapy
The official journal of the American Art Therapy Association. Its purpose is to advance the understanding of how visual art functions in the treatment, education, development, and enrichment of people.

Contains citations to articles on the table of contents pages of journals in science, technology, medicine, social science, business, the humanities and popular culture. Use this database to place an Interlibrary Loan for an article.

Arts in Psychotherapy
This journal publishes peer-reviewed articles (including illustrations) by art, dance/movement, drama, music and poetry psychotherapists, as well as psychiatrists, psychologists and creative arts therapists, that reflect the theory and practice of these disciplines.

Association of Transpersonal Psychology Members Only Resources
Access to archives of all 35 years of the Journal of Transpersonal Psychology, as well as audio archives of ATP conference presentations and a members networking directory.

ATLA religion database with ATLASerials
Collection of major religious and theology journals selected by religion scholars in the United States. Full text journals representing all major religious faiths, denominations and language groups are included.



Body, Movement, and Dance in Psychotherapy

Body, Movement and Dance in Psychotherapy is an international, peer-reviewed journal exploring the relationship between body and mind whilst focusing on the significance of the body and movement in clinical therapeutic settings. It is the only scholarly journal wholly dedicated to the growing fields of body psychotherapy, somatic psychology and dance movement psychotherapy. 

Buddhist Studies Review
Peer-reviewed articles on any aspect of Buddhism, covering the different cultural areas where Buddhism exists or has existed (in South, Southeast, Central and East Asia); historical and contemporary aspects (including developments in 'Western' Buddhism); theoretical, practical and methodological issues; textual, linguistic, archaeological and art-historical studies; and different disciplinary approaches to the subject (e.g. Archaeology, Art History, Anthropology, Asian Studies, Comparative Religion, Law, Oriental Studies, Philosophy, Philology, Psychology, Religious Studies, Theology).

NOTE: This journal is now available through the ATLA Religion Database. Please use the link above for access.


Business Source Premier
Full text for more thousands of business journals and other sources, including full text for many peer-reviewed business publications. Coverage varies.



CDRI: Digital Resources for the Study of Religion
The CDRI database provides access to digital images of woodcuts, photographs, slides, papyri, coins, maps, postcards, manuscripts, lithographs, sermons, shape-note tune books and various forms of Christian art, architecture and iconography.

Colorado's Historic Newspaper Collection
Ongoing collaborative project by the Collaborative Digitization Program, the Colorado State Library and the Colorado Historical Society creating a statewide historic newspaper database. Includes 44 newspapers dating from 1859 to 1880.

An ongoing inventory of publications in postsecondary composition, rhetoric, ESL and technical writing: 1939–current.

Cross-Cultural Research: The Journal of Comparative Social Science
Examines topics that span societies, nations and cultures, providing strategies for the systematic testing of theories about human society and behaviour. Research reports, review articles, methodological studies, bibliographies and discussion pieces. Full text available from February 1999 to present.



Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)
"This service covers free, full text, quality controlled scientific and scholarly journals. We aim to cover all subjects and languages. There are now 4278 journals in the directory. Currently 1602 journals are searchable at article level. As of today 302,847 articles are included in the DOAJ service." —July 31, 2009



EBSCOhost E-Book Collection

This collection of full-text electronic books replaces netLibrary and provides access to over 3,000 books.

This quarterly online journal explores the relationship between environmental issues and mental health and well-being.


The Educational Research Information Center is the most comprehensive database of educational literature available online. Use this free version to locate citations on educational research.



Funk & Wagnall's Encyclopedia

This database provides over 25,000 encyclopedic entries covering a variety of subject areas.



Gale Literature Resource Center

The world’s most current, comprehensive and reliable online literature database, Literature Resource Center is uniquely relevant to today’s researcher. Its rich critical, biographical and contextual content supports interdisciplinary approaches, information literacy and the development of critical-thinking skills. Full-text articles from scholarly journals and literary magazines are combined with critical essays, work and topic overviews, full-text works, biographies, and more to provide a wealth of information on authors, their works, and literary movements.

Index to publications of the US government. Includes references to congressional committee reports and hearings, debates, documents from executive departments, and more. Coverage is from 1976.

GreenFILE offers well-researched information covering all aspects of human impact to the environment. Its collection of scholarly, government and general-interest titles includes content on global warming, green building, pollution, sustainable agriculture, renewable energy, recycling, and more. The database provides indexing and abstracts for more than 384,000 records, as well as Open Access full text for more than 4,700 records.



Handbook of Latin American Studies (HLAS)
Bibliography on Latin America consisting of works selected and annotated by scholars... Alternates annually between the social sciences and the humanities. Continuously published since 1936, the Handbook offers Latin Americanists an essential guide to available resources.

History Reference Center

Offers full text from more than 1,620 reference books, encyclopedias and non-fiction books, cover to cover full text for more than 150 leading history periodicals, nearly 57,000 historical documents, more than 78,000 biographies of historical figures, more than 113,000 historical photos and maps, and more than 80 hours of historical video.

Human Rights Watch Publications
Selected full-text of reports on human rights violations and conditions around the world. Reports cover countries and specific issues. Coverage is 1990 to present.



International Bibliography of Theatre and Dance with Full Text
The International Bibliography of Theatre & Dance represents the most comprehensive multicultural and interdisciplinary research tool available to theater students, educators and professionals. Includes full text for 100 titles.

International Relations & Security Network
Full-text materials on international relations, area studies, international business, security and military studies, comparative studies and human rights.



Journal of Consciousness Studies

This journal provides interdisciplinary research into all aspects of the study of human consciousness.

Journal of Contemporary Psychotherapy

This journal explores the complexities and controversies facing psychotherapists, publishing original peer-reviewed articles that critically analyze theory, research, or clinical practice. In addition, it offers empirical studies, panel discussions, essays, case studies, brief reports, and theoretical articles. Psychotherapists and clinical researchers will find this journal an important vehicle to review the challenges of treating a variety of patients.

Journal of Nonverbal Behavior
Contains peer-reviewed original theoretical and empirical research papers on all major areas of nonverbal behavior. The coverage extends to paralanguage, proxemics, facial expressions, eye contact, face-to-face interaction, and nonverbal emotional expression, as well as other relevant topics which contribute to the scientific understanding of nonverbal processes and behavior.


Available Collections: Arts & Sciences III, Arts & Sciences V, Ecology & Botany, 19th Century British Pamphlets
Full-text of journals in languages and literature; ecology and botany; and also essential titles in the fields of music, film studies, folklore, performing arts, religion and the history and study of art and architecture. There are hundreds of titles in these collections.



Legal Information Reference Center

Legal Information Reference Center contains more than 225 full-text publications and thousands of legal forms, with more content being added on a regular basis. A majority of the full-text legal reference books are provided through Nolo, the nation's oldest and most-respected provider of legal information for consumers and small businesses.



MasterFILE Premier

This multidisciplinary database provides full text for nearly 1,700 periodicals with full-text information dating as far back as 1975. Covering virtually every subject area of general interest, MasterFILE Premier also contains full text for nearly 500 reference books and over 164,400 primary source documents, as well as an Image Collection of over 592,000 photos, maps & flags.


This journal publishes peer-reviewed papers that examine the latest research findings and best practices in mindfulness. It explores the nature and foundations of mindfulness, its mechanisms of actions, and its use across cultures. In addition, Mindfulness features papers that address issues involving the training of clinicians, institutional staff, teachers, parents, and industry personnel in mindful provision of services.

MLA International Bibliography
A bibliography of journal articles, books and dissertations in the language arts. Dates back to 1963 and contains over 1.7 million citations from more than 4,400 journals and series and 1,000 book publishers.

Mental Measurements Yearbook
This database contains descriptive information and critical reviews of new and revised psychological test instruments from the 9th to 15th editions of the printed Mental Measurements Yearbook. Covers more than 2,200 commercially available tests in categories such as personality, developmental, behavioral assessment, neuropsychology, achievement, intelligence and aptitude, and education.



Newspaper Source
Selected full text from 25 national and 260 regional US newspapers including the Denver Post, Greeley Tribune and Pueblo Chieftain, and transcripts from TV and radio news.


NoveList is a reader's advisory for popular fiction.





Points of View Reference Center

Points of View Reference Center contains a balance of materials from all viewpoints, including more than 1,300 main essays, leading political magazines from both sides of the aisle, newspapers, radio & TV news transcripts, primary source documents and reference books.

Full-text articles from journals published by the American Psychological Association, the Educational Publishing Foundation, the Canadian Psychological Association and Hogrefe & Huber.

Contains nearly two million citations and summaries of journal articles, book chapters, books and dissertations in the field of psychology. Coverage is from the 1880s. Database links to full-text in other EBSCO databases.

Psychology and Behavioral Sciences Collection

A comprehensive database covering information concerning topics in emotional and behavioral characteristics, psychiatry & psychology, mental processes, anthropology, and observational & experimental methods. This is the world's largest full text psychology database offering full text coverage for nearly 400 journals. Videos Videos provides high quality training videos in psychotherapy, counseling and addiction. This faculty chosen collected set of 50 multi-user, online streaming videos is fashioned to provide training specific Naropa University's particular counseling programs.

Published International Literature On Traumatic Stress (PILOTS) Database
Index to the worldwide scientific literature on post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other mental-health consequences of exposure to traumatic events. Includes citations and abstracts to journal articles, books, book chapters, dissertations and government documents relevant to PTSD and other forms of traumatic stress.

"Includes over 15 million citations for biomedical articles back to the 1950's. These citations are from MEDLINE and additional life science journals."

PubMed Central
U.S. National Library of Medicine's free digital archive of biomedical and life sciences journal literature.



RAMBI: The Index of Articles on Jewish Studies
Selective bibliography of articles in the various fields of Jewish studies and in the study of Eretz Israel.

RAND Abstracts
Database of RAND reports related to social and public policy, international policy, global security, military, terrorism and more. Some full-text online.

Regional Business News
Full text coverage of 75 business journals, newspapers and newswires from metropolitan and rural areas within the United States.

Research in Ministry
Indexes and abstracts for project reports and theses from more than 50 Doctor of Ministry and Doctor of Missiology programs accredited by the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada.



Science Reference Center

A comprehensive research database that provides easy access to a multitude of full text science-oriented content. This database contains full text for nearly 640 science encyclopedias, reference books, periodicals, etc. Topics covered include: biology, chemistry, earth & space science, environmental science, health & medicine, history of science, life science, physics, science & society, science as inquiry, scientists, technology and wildlife.

SocINDEX with Full Text
Comprehensive sociology research database. Features more than 1,600,000 records and full text for 253 "core" coverage journals dating back to 1895, and 72 "priority" coverage journals. This database also includes full text for 547 books and monographs, and full text for 6,711 conference papers.

Sustainability: The Journal of Record

This journal documents the implementation of sustainability programs in higher education and business, and provides the central forum for academic institutions, the business community, foundations, government agencies, and leaders of green-collar endeavors to share and learn about one another's progress and programs.



Over 139,800 articles on current events topics like aging, crime, drugs, energy, health, human rights and world affairs, from over 4,800 sources, with 1,650 full text periodicals.



Violence Literature Database (VioLit)
Violence-related research literature database with abstracts and reference information. Compiled by the Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence at University of Colorado at Boulder.



Catalog of books and other materials held by libraries worldwide. Use this database to place an Interlibrary Loan for a book.