When searching databases, you'll need to have your search terms already picked out (no full sentences).
Search connectors are one of the advantages of using databases. Using advanced search, combine search terms (key words or phrases) with almost any combination of these connectors:
Truncation is the act of ending a search term with an asterisk at the point in the word where it could branch off into different endings ("psych*" instead of "psychology, psychologist, psychological," etc.). This tells the database to come up with results that have multiple endings for one root word. Truncation is a good way to broaden results.
When searching for phrases or names, it helps to put them in quotation marks (i.e., "Planned Parenthood," "climate change").
Because the library pays for access to article databases, you will need to go through the library website to access them. When connecting to the databases, or using FIND IT!, from off-campus, you will also need to log in.
When prompted, enter your last name, barcode number, and PIN into the login screen. Your barcode number is the number at the bottom of your library barcode, probably on the back of your University ID:
If you don't have a library barcode, you can visit the Ask a Librarian page to contact the Reference desk.
Everyone's PIN number is 9999 at the beginning, so unless you reset it at some point, it will still be the same PIN as everyone else. If you reset it and can't remember it, the Reference desk can help with that too.
For more detailed instructions on how to access databases from off-campus, see the file below: