LIBRARY CATALOG: Search for materials in the COD library or in libraries worldwide.

Outline of the Library of Congress Classification System (what COD uses to arrange its books on the shelves)
I-SHARE (formerly Illinet Online): Get books from over 80 Illinois academic libraries
Interlibrary Loan, to get books and journal articles from other libraries around the country.


You must have a valid College of DuPage library card to access the electronic indexes and databases from off-campus.

Anthrosource. This provides citations and texts for articles in the professional journals and newsletters of the American Anthropological Association. Look at the top right side for the journal citation search feature. Those who are members of the AAA can log in and retrieve the full-text of the articles.

Academic OneFile (formerly Expanded Academic Index ASAP). An index to over 2500 magazines and journals covering a variety of topic areas including anthropology. This database provides references, abstracts, and many times the full-text of articles. A COD library card is required for off-campus use.

Academic Search Premier/Complete. [EBSCOhost]1984 to present; 1990 to present- full text). Abstracts from nearly 3000 journals and full text for 1250 journals including general reference, education, social sciences, humanities, general science, multi-cultural studies, library and information science. A COD library card is required for off-campus use.

National Newspapers database Search the Chicago Tribune, Christian Science Monitor, Los Angeles Times, New York Times, Wall Street Journal and the Washington Post.

PsycInfo This database contains more than one million citations and summaries of journal articles, book chapters, books, dissertations and technical reports, all in the field of psychology. It also includes information about the psychological aspects of related disciplines such as medicine, psychiatry, nursing, sociology, education, pharmacology, physiology, linguistics, anthropology, business and law. Journal coverage, which spans from 1887 to present, includes international material selected from more than 1,700 periodicals in over 35 languages.

SocIndex with Full-Text articles. The database features more than 1,700,000 records with subject headings from a 15,600 term sociological thesaurus designed by subject experts and expert lexicographers. This product also contains informative abstracts for more than 740 "core" coverage journals dating as far back as 1895. In addition, this database provides data mined from more than 540 "priority" coverage journals as well as from over 2,800 "selective" coverage journals. Further, extensive indexing for books/monographs, conference papers, and other content sources is included.


More COD Library journal and newspaper article databases.
Does the C.O.D. Library own the journal that I need?
Explanation of the Difference between Journals and Magazines.
How to Read a Research Study Article.


Why Reference Sources?

Is your research topic too big to cover in a short paper?  Is your topic so specific that sources will be hard to find?

Before you even begin your research, start the process with reference sources-- in the Library's Reference Section or online in our databases.  Reference books, like subject encyclopedias, can give you a head start and make your research easier in the long run.  Use reference sources to:

  • find a topic
  • narrow your topic
  • find keywords
  • get background information on your topic

Encyclopaedia Britannica
Encyclopedia of Afterlife Beliefs and Phenomena. Reference BF 1311 .F 8 L 48 1994
Encyclopedia of Allegorical Literature. Reference PN 56 .A 5 L 44 1996
Encyclopedia of Death and the Human Experience. Reference HQ 1073 .E 544 2009
Folklore : An Encyclopedia of Beliefs, Customs, Tales, Music, and Art. Reference GR 35 .F 63 1997
Horror Literature through History : An Encyclopedia of the Stories that Speak to our Deepest Fears.
Macmillan Encyclopedia of Death and Dying. Reference HQ 1073 .M 33 2003
The Ultimate Encyclopedia of Mythical Creatures. General GR 825 .D 463 2006

Folklore background reading
Horror as a literary and cultural theme background reading
Monsters background reading
Monstrous Races background reading
Myths background reading
Superstitions background reading
The Undead background reading
Voodoo background reading


List of COD Library Books on Zombies.
List of COD Library Videos on Zombies
List of COD Library Books on Voodoo
List of COD Library Videos on Voodoo

Encyclopedia of the Zombie : The Walking Dead in Popular Culture and Myth. (2014)
The Voodoo Encyclopedia : Magic, Ritual, and Religion. (2015)
The Zombie Book : The Encyclopedia of the Living Dead. Reference GR 581 .R 43 2014

Undead word origins
Virus background reading
Vodou background reading
Zombie background reading
Zombie Movies background reading
Zombie Preparedness from the U.S. Center for Disease Control
Zombie word origin

The Walking Dead TV series

The Walking Dead Psychology : Psych of the Living Dead.
COD Library Videos list


List of COD Books on Vampires.
List of COD Videos on Vampires.
List of COD Books on Dracula.
List of COD Videos on Dracula.
The Encyclopedia of Vampire Mythology. Reference GR 830 .V 3 B 34 2010
The Vampire Book: The Encyclopedia of the Undead. Reference BF 1556 .M 46 2011
The Vampire Encyclopedia. Reference GR 830 .V 3 B 86 1993
The Vampire Gallery: A Who's Who of the Undead. Reference GR 830 .V 3 M 46 1998

Blood background reading
Dracula background reading
Transylvania background reading
Vampire word origin
Vampires introductory reading
Vampires background reading no.1
Vampires background reading no.2
Vampires and Women background reading
Vampirism background reading


List of COD Books on Werewolves.
List of COD Videos on Werewolves.
The Werewolf Book: The Encyclopedia of Shape-Shifting Beings. (2012)

Lycanthropy background reading
Shape Shifting background reading
Werewolf word origins
Werewolves background reading
Werewolves in Folklore background reading
Wolves background reading