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Alcohol & Other Drug Studies: E -Resources to use from home

E-Resources to use from home

Alcohol & Other Drug Studies: E-Resources you can use from home

The majority of this page provides you access to free quality electronic resources to City College students as well as some that are free to all.  

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Learn how to do research.  From the Library's homepage, click on Research Guides and then scroll down to


E-Books for City College Student

E-Books from our Databases

From our database page, scroll down to Gale e-Books and you will be able to search many quality encyclopedias all at once or individually including but not limited to

  • Abuse : An Encyclopedia of Causes, Consequences, and Treatments 2015
  • Alcoholism Sourcebook 5th ed. 2018
  • Addictive Substances and Neurological Disease : Alcohol, Tobacco, Caffeine, and Drugs of Abuse in Everyday Lifestyles 2017
  • Youth Substance Abuse : A Reference Handbook 2016

E-Books from our Library catalog

To search for e-books in City College Library Catalog, start on our home page.

  • Click Advanced Search
  • Click SDCCD Books+
  • Type in your search term(s) like alcoholism
  • Press SEARCH
  • Now Refine your Search Results appears in the left column
  • Click on Available Online


  • Do NOT refine your search by clicking on City College.  This seems to omit many books to which you have access
  • FYI your username is your 10 digit ID number and your password is your last name.

Articles (scholarly and popular)

For City College Students: Access databases containing articles through our home page.

  • Click on A-Z Databases
  • Scroll down for a quick look at the topics in each database. Ebsco’s Academic Search Complete is a robust database with articles on just about everything and is often a good place to start.
  • Some databases include articles from journals magazines and newspapers as well as books.  If you are unsure what kind of resource you have, ask us on 24/7 chat on our home page or ask your instructor.
  • The databases that say they include “scholarly or peer reviewed” resources may also contain popular resources.  If so, it is likely you will find a way to limit to either the scholarly/peer reviewed sources or the popular sources.
  • Choose a database and use its Advance Search
  • Use your topic terms and alternative terms when searching.  For example, if you are interested in
    • addiction, also search the terms substance abuse
    • alcoholism, also search the terms alcohol abuse
    • opium, also search the terms opioid, drug abuse, opium abuse

Access FREE articles on the web

  • PubMed Central
    Access articles free one web via the National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health.For best results use the Advanced Search.
  • Directory of Open Access Journal
    Access about 12,000 full-text scholarly journals

Websites for Research


Part of the National Institute of Health (NIH). Find journal articles, statistical papers and other research on college drinking.

Includes drop-down menu labeled “Drugs of Abuse” which provide information on specific drugs including but not limited to cocaine, fentanyl, and tobacco

Part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. There are teo tabs that will find you reliable research on this page: 1) Data and 2) Publications.Both are searchable.

Videos and clips: Films on Demand and Swank for City College Students

Videos and Clips

Access to City College streaming videos is through our home page.

  • Click on A-Z Databases
  • Scroll down to Films on Demand or Swank
  • Films on Demand provides access to video collection for over 38,500 full-length videos and 310,000+ video clips in a variety of subject areas.  Search using specific terms like “addiction” or “opioids”.
  • Swank provides access to over 290 feature films from major Hollywood studios and producers.