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How to Navigate the Library

This guide provides an introduction to library resources and how to find, evaluate, use, and cite them.

Off-Campus Database Access

Off campus? To search the SC4 Library databases you will be prompted to enter your Portal Username and Password. Please contact the library if you are having trouble.

Library Databases

Databases are a "usually large collection of data organized especially for rapid search and retrieval (as by a computer)".

Basically, a database is an electronically organized catalog, index, and container for published information such as journal, newspaper, and magazine articles, as well as ebooks, streaming video and audio files.

A database is either general or subject/discipline specific and is searchable by keyword, subject, author, or title. 

A library database will provide scholarly and peer-reviewed sources that are appropriate to use for academic research and writing. The box on the right is a list of some of the most popular general use databases that SC4 subscribes to. If you need help searching the databases, please ask a librarian!

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"Database." Merriam-Webster.com. Merriam-Webster, n.d. Web. 13 Apr. 2017.

Image: "AAA Shared Resource Guide." Indiana University, 2015, iupui.campusguides.com/c.php?g=270710&p=1853046. Accessed 21 Mar. 2018.

Database Searching

Most databases are searchable by keyword or subject.

As this image from Academic Search Complete's advanced search shows, you may search using Boolean operators or by searching for either any or all of your search terms.

You can also narrow down your results by publication date, by publication type, by full text, and by many other limiters.

Results can be refined by language, author, document type, or others. Some databases mix scholarly and non-scholarly sources, and will allow you to limit between the two.

Depending on the database you are using, articles may be displayed in different formats:

  • Citation: Includes only the article citation (i.e., author, title, date, etc.). Neither an abstract nor the full-text of the article are available.
  • Abstract: Includes the citation and a summary of the article's content. It does not include the full-text article.
  • Full-text: Includes the citation and full-text article. This may be in HTML, .pdf, or both formats.

 

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General Databases