Skip to Main Content
It looks like you're using Internet Explorer 11 or older. This website works best with modern browsers such as the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Edge. If you continue with this browser, you may see unexpected results.

Library and Information Studies - GSLIS

Graduate School of Library and Information Studies Guide


The University Libraries provide a wide variety of both general and subject-specific databases, many of which will support research in Library and Information Studies. If you're new to searching library literature, Library/Information Science & Technology Abstracts w/Full Text (LISTA) is a good place to start. LISTA indexes more than 600 journals, as well as books, research reports and proceedings. Subject coverage includes librarianship, classification, cataloging, bibliometrics, online information retrieval, information management and more. Coverage in the database extends back as far as the mid-1960s.

Below are direct links to a variety of databases of interest to GSLIS students. To see a full list of URI databases and their descriptions, click on the first link, All Reference Databases by Title.

Any time you attempt to access the databases from outside the URI Libraries, you'll be prompted to provide your e-Campus user name and Brightspace/email password.

Other Helpful Databases

Finding Articles in Journals

Finding articles for your LIS research shouldn't be a "needle in a haystack" experience. Use the library databases! Databases are electronic indexes leading you to citations, abstracts, and very often the full text of articles. New to database searching? Learn more about finding journal articles with this handy user guide.

Identifying Scholarly/Professional Articles

Citation Managers

RefWorks, Mendeley, and Zotero are reference managers with some bonus features. Mendeley and Zotero are "freemium" products, meaning you get a certain amount of storage for free, but once you hit the limit (1 GB for Mendeley and 300 MB for Zotero), you will need to pay for additional storage.

How Can I Develop an Effective Search Strategy?

How Do I Find Journal Articles?

This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.