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How to use the Online Journals & Databases tool

Quick Help

  1. The primary purpose of the Online Journals & Databases tool is to search for journals by title. You can search for exact title matches or for titles that contain given keywords.
  2. After searching for a journal, the results page displays a list of each database that houses the given journal as well as relevant date and coverage information.
  3. The tool also allows you to search by subject using pre-selected categories and includes a tool called the CitationLinker that will search for an article given a full citation. To access these options, use the tabs at the top of the page. Results for these tools are also generally sorted by journal title.

The Online Journals & Databases tool allows you to search by title for journals, newspapers, and databases. You can also use this tool to perform a subject search of these resources and it includes access to CitationLinker, a tool that finds articles using a full citation. The Online Journals & Databases tool is incredibly useful when performing all sorts of research. 

  1. The Online Journals & Databases tool can be accessed from the Main Library's homepage.

    link to Online Journals & Databases Tool

  2. Type the title of the resource you are looking for into the search box. You can choose "starts with" if you know exactly how the title starts. Otherwise, choose "contains." In the example that follows, we're looking for the MLA International Bibliography database.

    Online Journals and Databases

  3. Scroll through the results page until you locate the correct title. In the example below, you would choose the red MLA International Bibliograpahy title link.

    At times, there may be a list of databases under the initial title. This occurs because some journals are indexed by more than one database. Be sure to look at these links carefully. Not all of them will always offer full text and they may cover a different range of dates (for example, one may have articles from 1980-2009 and another may have articles from 1995-present). Choose the one that seems like it will contain the most information relevant to your topic.

    Online Journals and Databases results

  4. There will be a Discover pop-up window after you click on the title. Click the database link to continue on to the publication.

    Discover screen

  5. Back on the results page, note the lines that read "Databases" and "Subjects (If Available)" that appear under the database or journal title.

    Each resource in the Online Journals & Databases tool is categorized several ways. If the resource is a database, it will have the "Databases" line and may list the vendor of the database (as in the first result on the list above). This makes it simple to identify which resources are databases.

    Online Journals and Databases results

  6. You can actually search for databases and journals based on these vendors by visiting the "More Options" tab at the top of the screen. This allows you to choose the vendor from a list.

    This will likely not be a search feature that you use often; however, one reason you might is if you find a journal or database that is particularly helpful and you would like to see if the vendor publishes more like it within the same field.

    subject search1

  7. The "Subjects (If Available)" line back on the results list highlights what subjects the resource you are looking at covers.

    If you wish to search by these subjects, visit the "Subject" tab at the top of the page. Here you can choose a primary subject as well as several subcategories. Doing so will create a list of journals that specifically cover these subjects.

    Notice the link below the screen, which will take you to a list of Databases by Subject.

    Online Journals and Databases by subject

  8. Once you have found an appropriate resource, click on its title or the title of the database that contains it to browse it. Each of these databases will look different, but most will have searching abilities and a way to look through past materials.