Our Most Commonly Used Databases
- Academic Search Complete - huge general database
- EBSCOhost - search up to all 36 EBSCO databases at once plus your MLA and APA citations are done for you.
- Factiva - **currently not working off-campus** Newspaper, journal, magazine, newswires, newsletters, media programs, web sites, and company report articles from all over the world.
- CQ Researcher - great for current issues
- Issues and Controversies - ideal for controversial topics
- Opposing Viewpoints- gives both sides of an issue which is the only way to know your viewpoint
- Subject Guide to Online Periodical Databases - use this if you have a subject area, for example psychology, but don't know which of our 200+ databases would work best for your topic.
- Title List of Online Periodical Databases - if you know exactly which database(s) you want to search.
- Houff Library Periodical Holdings - list of all our magazines, journals and newspapers.
- Google Scholar
- Peer Review in 5 Minutes- excellent five minute video on what constitutes a peer reviewed article.
- Quick Tutorial on Reading Scientific Papers from Purdue University Libraries
- Anatomy of a Scholarly Article from NC State University Libraries
- Difference Between Magazines and Journals - PDF requires Acrobat Reader
- Boolean Operators Handout - PDF requires Acrobat Reader
Finding Full-Text Articles
What to do if the article you want isn't full-text in the database where you found it:
- Look in the Houff Library Periodical Holdings listing to see if the library subscribes to the magazine or journal that carries your article.
- Not there? Then copy and paste the JOURNAL name in the following link. This will tell you if it's full-text in one of our 200+ databases:
VCCS Online Journal Search
- Try these sources: JSTOR, Wiley Online Library, Oxford University Press, and American Chemical Society.
- Try DOAJ: Directory of Open Access Journals. This has full-text to 91,000+ articles.
- If you still cannot find the full-text, then copy the ARTICLE title and and paste it into Google to see if it is on the author's home page or in an online journal.
- Type the article title into Google Scholar.
- Type the journal title into Google and see if the journal is free online.
- If that fails, then use the BRCC Library's free Interlibrary Loan service.