Accessing and using electronic databases.
To access electronic databases, visit the library Website and click on “Databases” in the sidebar on the left. From here you may choose a subject area or go directly to the alphabetical “A-Z” list. From there you will see a variety of databases for you to choose from.
Note: The library pays a subscription fee in order for you to access almost all of the databases. This is similar to when you pay a subscription price to receive a magazine at home. Because of this, you must be an LMU student, faculty, or staff to have access. From off-campus you will need to enter in your firstname.lastname and password.
Databases are provided by vendors. Most vendors have a particular way that they present their content to you. EBSCO, for example, has a similar format for all of their databases including Academic Search Premier, Business Source Premier, ERIC, and many others. Other vendors such as Gale and Proquest have a different look and feel.
When using the databases, look for:
- An advanced search box for complex searching
- A history function
- A subject index
- A results list
- Full-text articles
A place to create an account to bookmark your work
Even if the databases look and act differently, they should have most of the items listed above.