Online Databases


To search for articles by subject

Search first by subject in an online index to periodical literature such as the databases RAMBI —The Index of Articles on Jewish Studies; the Index to Jewish PeriodicalsERIC , or the ATLAS Religion Database.The library does not subscribe to all of the journals indexed in these databases. You may use the following databases for simultaneous searches in hundreds of journals:

How to find out if the library subscribes to a particular journal

The Library provides hundreds of Hebrew and English journals in print, and thousands of journals electronically.  Search for a journal title in Ebsco’s Publication Finder or search the full text of journals and e-books in the EbscoHost database portal. Search for a journal title in Ebsco’s Publication Finder to learn whether the College has electronic or hard copy access to a journal, and where to find the article in full text, if available. Many titles will link directly to the journal's home page, where you can then search by title, author, subject, or issue to find full-text articles. Please note that not all issues of a journal may be online, and some may not be in full text. If the article you want is not available, please request it through interlibrary loan.Full text access to online journal articles and Ebsco e-books is available through the EbscoHost database portal.

Browse Databases Alphabetically:
A - D E - G H - L M - O P - R S - Z

Browse all Hebrew College Databases:

ACLS Humanities E-Book (HEB)

The History E-Book Project is a continually growing database of hundreds of full-text books of major importance to historical studies. With concentrations in American, European, Middle Eastern, and comparative World history, this fully searchable collection is unique in that most of its titles are not available in electronic format anywhere else.  Bible study resources, including resources for studying the weekly Torah portion.  Sources include traditional biblical commentaries from The Rabbinic Bible – Mikraot Gedolot.  Tools include an online bible concordance and the Brown Driver Briggs (B.D.B.) Biblical dictionary. Mikraot Gedolot

ATLAS Religion Database

The American Theological Library Association's ATLAS database includes thousands of citations and full-text articles from a wide variety of theological and religious journals, including a comprehensive "scripture reference" index.

Biblical Archaeology Society Online

The Biblical Archaeology Society's studies and reports illuminate the use of archaeological methods to assess the historicity of biblical texts. All biblical references are linked to the scriptural texts.

Compact Memory—Internetarchiv jüdischer Periodika (in German)

Compact Memory offers searchable digitalized versions of dozens of German-Jewish journals and newspapers from the 18th through 20th centuries.

Dartmouth Jewish Sound Archive

The Dartmouth Jewish Sound Archive offers thousands of fully searchable tracks of Jewish music and humor, including cantorial, Yiddish, Ladino, Israeli and Hasidic performances and radio broadcasts. Hebrew College's extensive LP collection has also been digitized and included in the Archive. (QuickTime music player must be installed)

  • Off-campus access is available: To access the Dartmouth Jewish Sound Archive from off-campus, go to the archive website and register on the top right of the page.


The Directory of Open Access Journals includes many full-text, quality-controlled scholarly journals. There are more than 600 journals included in the directory which cover the areas of religion, philosophy, social sciences, gender studies, education, anthropology and more.


Ebsco eBook Academic Collection

More than 160,000 ebook titles representing a broad range of subject matter from leading university presses and academic publishers.  Subject coverage includes the arts, business and economics, education, language arts, literary criticism, political science, religion, social sciences, and other academic fields.

Books can be accessed through the EbscoHost database portal link or directly through the catalog record for the e-book in the library catalog OPALS

Ebsco Religion & Philosophy Collection

A database covering topics such as world religions, major denominations, biblical studies, religious history, epistemology, political philosophy, philosophy of language, moral philosophy and the history of philosophy. With nearly 300 full-text journal, and more than 250 peer-reviewed titles, it is an essential tool for researchers and students of theology and philosophical studies.

Ebscohost Full Text Finder

Search for full text in journals and ebooks.

Encyclopedia Britannica

The Encyclopedia Britannica Academic Edition (access provided by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners).

Encyclopædia Judaica

The completely updated online version of the classic, authoritative Encyclopædia Judaica contains more than 21,000 articles as well as maps, tables, photos and over 30,000 new bibliographical listings.


A database of articles, books and documents on a broad range of education-related issues, published by Educational Resources Information Center (ERIC), a federally funded national information system.


The Forward
Access to The articles. “The Forward delivers incisive coverage of the issues, ideas and institutions that matter to American Jews.”

Gale Databases

The Gale Databases are provided through the Massachusetts Library System. They include (a partial listing):

  • Academic OneFile 
  • Business Collection
  • Educator's Reference Complete 
  • Environmental Studies and Policy Collection 
  • Expanded Academic ASAP 
  • Fine Arts and Music Collection 
  • Gale Virtual Reference Library 
  • Gender Studies Collection 
  • General OneFile 
  • Health Reference Center Academic 
  • InfoTrac Newsstand
  • Literature Resource Center
  • The New York Times. Search the full text of The New York Times (starting in 1985).
  • Religion and Philosophy Collection

This website concentrates on the works of North American rabbis (in Hebrew, Yiddish, and English), but now contains thousands of older works. About 40,000 out-of-print books and journals may be downloaded as PDF images. Published by the Society for the Preservation of Hebrew Books, focused on preserving all Torah seforim ever printed.

Index to Jewish Periodicals

The Index to Jewish Periodicals is a comprehensive guide to English-language articles, book reviews and feature stories in more than 160 journals devoted to Jewish affairs. Some journals are indexed as far back as 1988. The Index to Jewish Periodicals will link directly to the full-text journal when available. Choose the EBSCOhost Web link.


IngentaConnect is a comprehensive collection of academic and professional publications, primarily in the hard and soft sciences. IngentaConnect offers nearly 30,000 article citations and summaries. Articles are also available for purchase on a pay-per-view basis or may be requested free of charge via Interlibrary Loan.

Jewish Studies Source

The database contains over 400 full-text titles, including 123 full-text journals and magazines. Sources comprising the collection include full-text for leading academic journals within the discipline, monographs, related articles from major periodicals and newspapers, and over 1,600 biographies of leading historical and contemporary Jews.

The 12-volume Jewish Encyclopedia was originally published between 1901–1906. This online version contains more than 15,000 unedited articles and illustrations from the original encyclopedia. Since the original work was completed almost 100 years ago, it does not cover a significant portion of modern Jewish history (e.g., the creation of Israel, the Holocaust, etc.).

Jiddischer Drucke (Yiddish Prints)

This "Yiddish Prints" Collection of the Frankfurt University Library contains about 800 Yiddish books of all kinds, some of which are extremely rare books or unique editions. The texts were printed in Hebrew letters in Western, Central and Eastern Europe between the middle of the 16th century and the beginning of the 20th century.

JSTOR Arts & Sciences III Collection

Focused on the arts and humanities, JSTOR Arts & Sciences III Collection contains 150 journals, which include important titles in Jewish studies, religion, philosophy and women's studies. JSTOR offers researchers the ability to retrieve searchable images of journals as they were originally designed. 


Mechon Mamre: Online Resources for Learning Torah

This online database offers free access to the texts of Torah, Nevi'im, Ketuvim (in Hebrew, Aramaic, English and parallel Hebrew and English); Rambam's Mishneh Torah (in Hebrew); Mishnah, Tosefta, Talmud Yerushalmi, and Talmud Bavli (in Hebrew). For Tanakh verses with links to relevant references in the Rabbinical literature (in Hebrew), go to Sifrut HaKodesh.

Naxos Online Music Library (including the Milken Archive of American Jewish Music)

Naxos Online offers continual access to more than 80,000 musical tracks in classical, jazz, folk, blues and world music. We have online access to the entire Milken Archive of American Jewish Music, consisting of hundreds of cantorial, klezmer, Hasidic, Sephardic and Yiddish classics. To access the Milken Archive from Naxos Online, go to Categories, then Collections, then Milken Archive.

  • Off-campus access is available: To access Naxos Online from off campus, send an email to naxos@hebrewcollege.eduto receive your login username, password and instructions. Please be sure to include your full name, email address and Student ID or Gann Library membership bar code in the body of the email. If you have questions or encounter difficulties, please contact Harvey Sukenic or the Library Circulation Desk at 617-559-8750.

OCLC FirstSearch

FirstSearch provides instant online access to WorldCat, the OCLC catalog of books, web resources and other material.

Check here for Israeli newspapers including Ha'Aretz, Jerusalem Post, Ye'diot Achronot, Ma'ariv and more. Find current information on Israeli politics, events, business and entertainment in English, Hebrew and Russian.


Proquest Newspapers

Full-text content of Massachusetts newspapers including the Boston Globe (1980 to current) and the Boston Herald (1991 to current). Choose the News- Proquest Newspapers link under Database on the Proquest page.


RAMBI—The Index of Articles on Jewish Studies—is a selective bibliography of articles in the various fields of Jewish studies and in the study of Eretz Israel. Material listed in Rambi is compiled from thousands of periodicals and from collections of articles—in English, Hebrew, Yiddish and European languages—mainly from the holdings of the Jewish National and University Library in Israel. To search, select Rambi Web.

Rav-Milim Dictionary

The Rav-Milim Dictionary website is a comprehensive Hebrew-English Dictionary. Simply type in a Hebrew word (using a screen keyboard), in any form, and an "array of linguistic information is displayed," including: all forms of the Hebrew word with English translations, all the synonyms and "a complete list of idioms and phrases emanating from each dictionary entry" (with English translations), a listing of rhyming words and a complete grammatical analysis ("part of speech, gender, tenses, conjugations, root, and more"). For a Hebrew translation, simply type in the English word.



Israel's main learning and teaching resource for children, parents, educators and schools, provided by the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (in Hebrew), Snunit offers access to various databases and journals, portals and websites, lesson plans and teaching materials, teachers' and students' chat rooms. It includes a subject navigator and full-text searches.

Snunit - MikraNet (Hebrew) Tanakh (accessible by perek), Mishnah (by masechet), Tosefta (by masechet), Yerushalmi & Bavli (by daf and amud), Midrash Tanhuma, and Mishneh Torah (by sefer and perek)

Soncino Talmud Online

The complete Soncino English translation of the Talmud.

Steinsaltz Koren English Talmud - The William Davidson Talmud, a free digital edition of the Babylonian Talmud with the English and Modern Hebrew translation by Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz, interlinked to major commentaries, biblical citations, Midrash, Kabbalah, Halakhah, and an ever-growing library of Jewish texts. Texts are being added on the Daf-Yomi schedule.

The Index of References Dealing With Talmudic Literature

The Saul Lieberman Institute for Talmudic Research, Jewish Theological Seminary. The index gives researchers access to thousands of references to talmudic passages in modern research and medieval scholarship.

The Teacher Reference Center (TRC)

The database is now available compliments of EBSCO Publishing. TRC provides indexing and abstracts for 280 periodicals. In addition, 96% of journals indexed in TRC are peer-reviewed. Topics include: Assessment, Best Practices, Continuing Education, Current Pedagogical Research, Curriculum Development, Elementary Education, Higher Education, Instructional Media, Language Arts, Literacy Standards, School Administration, Science & Mathematics, and Teacher Education.


WorldCat is a combined catalog of books, web resources and other material in libraries around the world.