Using Databases

Why Use the Databases?

Research Made Easy

The databases improve the quality of your papers because they contain credible and reliable sources. Many classes and programs require the use of scholarly sources like the ones found in the databases.

There are many databases to choose from including specialized databases such as:

  • Business Source Complete
  • Education Research Complete 
  • Sociological Collection
  • Psychology and Behavioral Sciences Collection

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Library Database Instructions
  1. Go to and click on the "Library" icon at the bottom left.
  2. Click on "Learn More" under "Library Search."
  3. Scroll down and click on "Listed by Database Name" under "Databases."
  4. Click "Academic Search Complete." (Researching off campus? Enter your user name and password in the "Urbana University Login" box and click "Submit.".)
  5. Type your search topic in the box at the top.  
  6. Scroll down to "Limit your results" and check the "Full Text" box so your search brings up articles you can print.  If your article needs to be "scholarly," check the "Scholarly (Peer Reviewed) Journals" box.
  7. If you want to find an article in a specific journal, type the journal title in the “Publication” box. 
  8. If you would like the articles to be from a certain time period, fill in the “Published Date” boxes. 
  9. 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. 
  10. Click on the article title to read the abstract and determine if it meets your research needs.
  11. Click on "PDF Full Text" on the left to bring up the article.
  12. Click the print button inside the PDF window to print a copy of the article. (PDF full-text articles will print as originally formatted, but HTML full-text articles will not.)
  13. Click on “Cite” on the right side of the abstract screen to see a list of copy/paste citations in different formats (MLA, APA, etc.). 
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