Using Library Database

Why Use the Library Database?

Research Made Easy

The Library Database improves 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 Library Database.

Utilizing a research database saves you time by providing topic suggestions, citation help and articles tagged by subject. 

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

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Library Database Instructions
  1. Open your web browser (Google Chrome works best) and go to the Urbana University Library page.
  2. Under OhioLINK databases, click Listed By Database Name. 
  3. Click Academic Search Complete. (Researching off campus? Enter your last name and barcode number -- a 14-digit number beginning with 22024 – and click Login.) 
  4. Type your search topic in the box at the top.  
  5. If you want to be really specific, scroll down to filter your search by checking one or more of the following limiter boxes: 
    • Full-Text (Online)
    • Scholarly (Peer Reviewed) 
  6. If you want to find an article in a specific journal, type the journal title in the “Publication” box. 
  7. If you would like the articles to be from a certain time period, fill in the “Published Date” boxes. 
  8. 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. 
  9. Click on the article title to read the abstract and determine if it meets your research needs.
  10. Click the print button inside the PDF window to print a copy of the article. (Note: PDF full-text articles will print as originally formatted, but HTML full-text articles may not.)
  11. 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.). Use these in the references section of your papers. 
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