Electronic Journal Collections Illinois State Library

Access to electronic journals is available through several means. The Illinois State Library subscribes to nearly thirty electronic research databases (e.g., Academic Search Premier, Business Source) that offer full text journal articles online. These databases are accessible via the State Library's Research Databases web page. The E-Journal Finder also allows you to identify full text journal and magazine titles that are available online through the library's subscribed research databases.

You may also use the State Library's Citation Linker to locate a specific journal, or to find an article if you have a complete or partial citation. Simply fill out the form with the article information you have and let the Citation Linker search for the article in the State Library's online content.

Additionally, multi-journal collections from publishers, research database vendors, etc. to which the State Library subscribes are listed below. Full-text access and date coverage varies by individual journal title, as well as from one database to another. Therefore, you may find it necessary to search multiple research databases and E-journal collections.

Note: Offsite access to the State Library's research databases is restricted to current Illinois State Government Employees who hold a valid Illinois State Library card. Usage requires authentication by entering a 14-digit library ID number (located on the back of the library card) and a last name. Due to the licensing restrictions of some vendors, there are several research databases that are not available to users from outside the library.

BioMed Central

BioMed Central (BMC) is a science, technology and medicine publisher with an evolving portfolio of nearly 300 peer-reviewed open access journals in biology, clinical medicine and health.

BMC's leading research journals include selective broad interest titles such as Genome Biology and Genome Medicine, academic journals such as Malaria Journal and Microbiome and the BMC series subject-specific journals (e.g., BMC Public Health). BMC also partners with leading institutions and societies to publish journals on their behalf. BMC is part of Springer Nature.

Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)

Directory of Open Access Journals is a service that provides categorized, searchable links to free, full text, quality controlled scientific and scholarly journals. The Directory aims to be comprehensive and cover all open access scientific and scholarly journals that use an appropriate quality control system, and it will not be limited to particular languages or subject areas.

E-Journals via SFX (E-Journal Finder)

E-Journal Finder allows users to identify full text journal and magazine titles that are available online through the library's numerous subscribed research databases, including Academic Search Premier, Biography Resource Center, Business Source, and Health Source. Some Electronic Journal Collections are also included in the E-Journal Finder service. See also: Citation Linker

Emerald Journals

This option provides full text access to a limited number of academic and professional journals primarily on marketing, general management, human resources, quality, property, operations, economics, library and information services, information management, and engineering. Online access to the following subscribed journals is available: Library Hi Tech, Library Hi Tech News, and Reference Services Review.

HighWire Press Free Online Full-text Articles

HighWire Press at Stanford University maintains one of the largest archives of free full text science articles online. Approximately 1,874,600 free full text articles are accessible from this website.

Illinois Periodicals Online

Provided by Northern Illinois University Libraries, this digital imaging project offers full text access to the following ten journals: Illinois Heritage, Illinois History: A Magazine for Young People, Illinois History Teacher, Illinois Issues, Illinois Libraries, Illinois Municipal Review, Illinois Parks and Recreation, and Outdoor Illinois.


Provides full text access to the subscribed journals from Taylor and Francis, Routledge and Psychology Press, including Administration in Social Work, Educational Research, Journal of Offender Rehabilitation, and The Professional Geographer.

informa Healthcare

informaHealthcare.com combines the pharmaceutical, life science and medical journal titles published by Informa Healthcare onto one platform. The State Library currently subscribes to Acta Orthopaedica and The American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse.


IngentaConnect is an online database of full text electronic editions of print journals. Currently, ingentaconnect offers full text access to the following State Library subscribed journals: Journal of Allied Health and Social Work.

Liebert Online: Mary Ann Liebert Science Journals

Liebert Online delivers electronic access to peer-reviewed journals, books, and trade magazines published by Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. Subject coverage includes the areas of biotechnology, biomedical research/life sciences, clinical medicine and surgery, and law.

PubMed Central (PMC)

PubMed Central is a free digital archive of biomedical and life sciences journal literature at the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH), developed and managed by NIH's National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) in the National Library of Medicine (NLM).

Sage Journals (includes access to Sage Deep Backfile)

SAGE is the world’s 5th largest journals publisher. Subject coverage spans the Humanities, Social Sciences, and Science, Technology, and Medicine

The Sage Deep Backfile provides electronic access to the full content of nearly 300 journals, 357,000 issues, and approximately 4,284,000 articles. Coverage begins with Volume 1, Issue 1, and runs through the last issue of 1998. View the complete list of journal titles available via the Sage Deep Backfile.


This multidisciplinary database offers full-text journal articles and book chapters in the disciplines of physical sciences and engineering, life sciences, health sciences, and social sciences and humanities. [Remote Access Available]

SpringerLink Journals

SpringerLink offers free access to search, tables of content, abstracts, and full text access to published content in State Library subscribed Springer journals, as well as to a number of open-access e-journals in various science, technical, and medical fields.