Morale, Welfare and Recreation Libraries: Online Resources for Academic Research

Years ago, academic research meant spending hours trudging through the stacks of periodicals and microfiche to find a specific article you needed to complete your paper or project. Fast forward to the libraries of today where with a click of your computer keyboard or mobile device you can access thousands of resources to use for your research. Morale, Welfare and Recreation library systems have brought together a multitude of valuable and easy-to-use databases, which cover a variety of subject areas, to assist military service members and their families with academic and knowledge research.

Research Resources

  • Gale Academic OneFile is a resource for peer-reviewed, full-text journals, reference sources, podcasts, transcripts and videos for extensive research.
  • Ebsco MasterFILE offers the largest collection of the most popular full-text magazines and journals covering virtually every subject area of general interest, including Consumer Reports, Ebony, Entertainment Weekly, Forbes, InStyle, Money, People and many more.
  • Opposing Viewpoints in Context covers today's hottest social issues, from offshore drilling to climate change, and health care to immigration, through viewpoint essays, topic overviews, primary source documents, court cases, periodicals, images and podcasts.
  • NewsBank, a full-text, fully searchable database of the following publications, Air Force Times, Armed Forces Journal, Army Times, Decision Times, Defense Daily, Defense News, Federal Times, Marine Corps Times, Navy Times.  It also contains updated current content for issues and events, as well as archives to enable users to research subjects from the past and track trends or developments from their origins.
  • GreenFILE is a comprehensive resource drawing on the connections between the environment and disciplines such as agriculture, education, law, health and technology. This collection of scholarly, government and general-interest titles focus on global climate change, green building, pollution, sustainable agriculture, renewable energy, recycling and more.
  • CountryWatch is a provider for up-to-date news and information, including critical country-specific intelligence and data, on each of the recognized countries of the world.
  • CultureGrams provides concise, reliable and up-to-date reports on more than 200 countries, each U.S. state and all 13 Canadian provinces and territories. Information includes facts and figures, as well as an insider's perspective on daily life and culture, including history, customs and lifestyles of people around the world.
  • HeritageQuest® Online delivers a comprehensive resource for historical and genealogy research including:
    • U.S. Federal Censuses covering more than 140 million names
    • Genealogy and local history books
    • Periodical Source Index
    • Revolutionary War records
    • Freedman's Bank Records
    • LexisNexis U.S. Serial Set
  • MyiLibrary® is an e-content platform for public, academic and professional libraries, which offers the ability to access digital content based on unique requirements and resources.
  • Teacher Reference Center provides information on topics such as assessment, best practices, continuing education, curriculum development, literacy standards and more.
  • The Military and Intelligence Database, designed to meet the periodical content needs of libraries serving military personnel, provides more than 500 titles and more than 7 million articles, 80 percent with full-text.

Department of Defense MWR digital library resources are available at no cost to service members and their families — a particularly helpful benefit for Guard and reserve members and their families who may not have access to installation libraries. Some libraries may require you to register and create an online account, but the resources are still offered at no cost. Visit Military OneSource or your local installation library to learn about these valuable academic and knowledge research tools.


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