The MSU Libraries subscribes to many databases that are provided by the company EBSCO. Each database differs in the content that it covers, but the interfaces are similar in many ways.
Note: If you are accessing library databases when off-campus, you should first log into the MSU VPN (Virtual Private Network) that ITS provides. This will give you the same access as if you were on-campus. ITS provides step-by-step set-up instructions.
When entering search terms, don't enter long phrases, but think about the keywords related to the search.
Topic: The safety of food bought in farmers markets
Here's what the different things in this search do:
In EBSCO databases, you will see on the left ways to limit your results by publication type and by year. To limit to peer-reviewed journals, look for Scholarly (Peer Reviewed) Journals" or "Academic Journals" limiters.
The year limiter can be useful if you only want to view results from say that past 5 years. Or if you have a large number of results to go through, you might want to go through the results at different times, looking at certain years each time.
In EBSCO database, you will often see direct links to the PDFs of articles. Other times, click on the Find It button.
If the library does not have the article either in our print or online collection, you can then request it through Interlibrary Loan, which is a service where we can get it from another library for you.
Note the following: