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How to Use the Library Databases

This library research guide provides an introduction to using the library databases.

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SC4 Library subscribes to over 200 databases.

This guide will assist you in selecting, searching, and using these databases.

how to use the library databases

What Is a Database?

A Database is a:

"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.

Finding the Databases


The easiest place to find the databases is in one of the two places on the library home page as shown below.

databases links on library  homepage




Clicking on the database link will bring you to a page that looks like this:

databases a-z page



The databases are listed in alphabetical order. For more on selecting a database, go to the "Database Selection" tab.



If you're already searching using OneSearch...

onesearch box

....then you can also access the databases through this link, shown below.

database location in onesearch


It should be noted that by searching using OneSearch, you will already be searching everything that is in the library as well as almost everything that is in the databases. 


To search just the databases while using OneSearch, you will need to select the Full Text Online option underneath Refine Your Search as shown below. You may further narrow down your options by selecting different options under the Content Type section.

full text online



"Database." Merriam-Webster, n.d.