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Introduction to Library Resources: Database Introduction and Off Campus Access

This guide is to give you an overview of resources available through the Drain-Jordan Library, similar to what students will learn in our Library Introduction classes.

General Research Databases - Where to Find Them

If you're looking for sources for a research paper, and you don't want to bother with hunting down a print copy, online databases are a great place to start. These databases are electronic versions of journals and articles that you can access for free through the Drain-Jordan Library. Most of our general databases also allow options for full text access.

To access these resources from the Library Homepage, click on the Databases tab located to the left on our main library page. This will take you to our Alphabetical List of Databases. (See image below)

Location of "database" link on Library homepage

Once you have gotten to the alphabetical list of databases available through the library, you will see over 50 different databases to choose from. If you're logging in from off campus, see the Off Campus Access box to the right. 

If you're on campus, all you need to do is click on the title of the database you want to use, and start browsing.

We recommend starting your search in Academic Search Premier, as it is our largest database, with a lot of great general resources. We know using these databases can be overwhelming, especially if you've never used them before, so we've created a guide to help you navigate. This guide can be found on the Academic Search Premier tab under Database Introduction.

Even though we generally recommend starting with Academic Search Premier, we also have a lot of other databases that provide great resources, and that may be more specific to your research. Feel free to browse our Alphabetical Database List to find additional resources. This includes the American Chemical Society, Business Source Elite, Criminal Justice PeriodicalsNewsbank, ERIC, PsycArticles, and Statistical Abstract of the U.S., to name a few. Each database will also have a short descriptor so you know what it's for, and a link to on and off campus access (if applicable). 

Off Campus Access

If you're logging on to our databases or journals from off campus, there are a few additional steps you'll need to take. For example, if you were searching Academic One File from campus, you would usually just click on the title of the database. But if you're logging in from off campus, you will need to click on the offcampus access link to the right of the database title. (See image below)

Off campus access link location 







Once you've done that, it will prompt you to login with a username and password. Your username is the first part of your campus email - everything before the @ symbol. Your password is the same password you use to login to Moodle and your campus email.

Login page for off campus access

These steps apply to any library resource that requires you to login for off campus access to materials. If you are having trouble accessing content, please call the reference desk or send us a chat, as we sometimes need to walk you through multiple steps depending on what databases you are using and the error messages you may receive.