Instructions for Using Library Databases Off-Campus

Type in When the Urbana University home page comes up, click on Academics, Campus Life or Resources and then click on “Library.” 

Under the black heading “OhioLINK databases,” click on “Listed by Name for searching off campus."   When you choose a database the “Institution Selection form” comes up and you choose Urbana University and click on “Submit.” When the “OhioLINK Authentication Form” comes up, type in your last name, first name and library barcode number (14 digit number that begins with 22024).

 Academic Search Complete is a good general database that includes all types/subjects of magazines/journals. Click on “Academic Search Complete.” 

The first search screen that comes up has nothing on it but a box in which to type your search topic. Click on “Advanced Search” under the search box. Another screen will come up that has all the search options. Type your search topic in the box at the top. Scroll down and click in the “EBSCO Full Text Only” box under “Limit your results.” If the articles need to be “Peer Reviewed” click in that box. If you want to find an article in a specific journal, type the journal title in the “Journal” box. If you would like the articles to be from a certain time period, fill in the “Published Date” boxes. There are other options available. When you have checked/filled in all the necessary boxes, click on the “Search” button at the bottom or top of the page. This will bring up a list of full text articles. To read the abstract for the article to see if it’s one you can use, click on the article title.

Full text articles are PDF Full Text or HTML Full Text or both. If the article is PDF full text, click on that on the left side to bring up the article. To print the article, click on the print button inside the PDF window. The PDF full text is copied directly from the magazine so pages appear as originally published. The HTML full text articles are typed into the computer so they do not appear as published. Scroll down on the abstract screen to find the HTML full text beneath the abstract.  To print HTML articles, click on print on the right side of the screen and then click on the yellow print button on the next screen. 

To cite the article, click on “Cite” on the right side of the abstract screen. This will bring up a list of citations to use for different formats. 

There are many more databases to choose from including specialized databases such as Business Source Complete, Education Research Complete, Sociological Collection, Psychology and Behavioral Sciences Collection, Health Source, etc.  All of the databases work in the same way. The EBSCO databases are the easiest to use.

If you need assistance at any time, please call 937-772-9313, or e-mail


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