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Off Campus Access to Library Resources

Find Articles Using Library Databases

The library subscribes to over 200 different online databases to provide access to articles for your research, on topics from archaeology to zoology. A good starting place is Academic Search Complete (a broad, general, multi-disciplinary database), or you can try EBSCO Discovery to search across multiple databases and disciplines.

  • On the search results page, you can limit results to articles from magazines or peer-reviewed journals.
  • No PDF or HTML link to the full text? Click the Find It button under the article title to check for alternate access, or to request a copy via Interlibrary Loan.

Advanced Research Tips

Searching Databases

  • AND    : narrows the search by finding records with both terms
  • OR      : broadens the search by finding records with either term
  • NOT    : narrows the search by finding records with 1st term but not 2nd

Truncation

  • Use the asterisk (*) to stand in for all word endings
    • e.g. forest*  for forest, forests, forestry, forester, etc.

Searching by Phrase

  • Place an exact phrase in quotes

Subject Terms

  • Special indexing terms that may differ from one database to another
  • Found in each record and also on the left by clicking on  “Subjects”
  • Once subject terms for a database have been identified, can change search fields from “Select a Field” to “SU Subjects” (exact wording can vary by database)

Limit by Year

  • Can be done on the initial search screen or (in EBSCO databases) by using the slider on the right in the results

Sort by Relevance

  • The database will re-sort the results list and try to bring the most relevant articles to the top of the list.