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Library Guide for Faculty in China

Databases for ELL Students

As your students are learning English, you may find it helpful to be able to offer them English-language content appropriate to their current reading levels. Below are some databases that identify the difficulty or Lexile level of the articles they contain, and here is a comparison between the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) and the Lexile framework.

Known Issues

Databases that Require a VPN Connection

A few databases from the Forsyth Library A-Z Database List require the FHSU VPN in order to access them from China. Follow the instructions for connecting to the FHSU VPN in order to access the list of databases shown below.

Known Issues for Database Access

The following databases have been tested and reported to have limited access or some other access issues in China:

  • Cabell's Directories of Publishing Opportunities
  • Chronicle of Higher Education
  • Cochrane Library
  • Emerald Full Text
  • ERIC (via ProQuest) - no access, use other ERIC databases to access content
  • Films on Demand Master Academic Collection
  • Global Road Warrior Database
  • Kansas State Library
  • Learning Express Library
  • LexisNexis Academic
  • New York Times - no access
  • Oregon PDF in Health Performance
  • ProQuest Dissertations and Theses
  • PubMed
  • Regional Business News
  • Sage Premier
  • Science Direct
  • WorldCat - no access

If you encounter any issues not on this list, please submit them to our China resource issue reporting form and email us to let us know at

About the State Library

Before you go to China, be sure to get your State Library e-card from Forsyth Library! The e-card gives you access to resources from the State Library when you are not in Kansas, including Mango Languages, research databases, and leisure reading materials. If you would like a State Library e-card, please email Crystal Hutchinson, our Access Services Specialist, with your full name (including middle initial) and birth date. Your State Library username is based on your full name and the password is based on your birth date.