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How Do I...?

A guide to help you get started with library research.

To get started with your research, Use the Discovery Tool to search all the library's catalog and databases in one search box and results list. Find books, ebooks, journal articles, streaming videos, DVDs and more.

The Discovery Tool does not offer as many filters for deep research so is a good starting place before searching in more specific databases.

EBSCO Discovery Service

The library has a great collection of ebooks both for academic and pleasure reading. The full list of ebooks collections is available here.


To search for physical items in the library's collection (books, DVDs, etc.), search directly in the library's catalog here. 

Database Tutorials

To do deeper research for articles, search in individual databases. Each database has a specific focus and collection of sources.


Search the library's databases to find journal articles. These are some of our most popular:


Name of Database

Best Used For…

Academic Search Ultimate

Any topic. Interdisciplinary

Biography in Context




ClinicalKey for Nursing


Cochrane Library


Credo Reference

Background information for any topic

Films on Demand

Streaming media. Any topic.- Vendor Films on Demand

General Science Full Text

 Science including astronomy, biology, chemistry, environment, genetics, physics and zoology.

Humanities International Complete

Humanities including language, literature, philosophy, history, religion, art, law, politics, and human geography.


Healthcare- Vendor Ovid


(or use )


Nursing Reference Center Plus


Opposing Viewpoints in Context




Science in Context

Science, Biology

Social Work Reference Center

Social Work

Testing and Education Reference Center

Help with resume, practice tests, searching for national scholarships, etc. 

Use tutorials found on the Library User's Guide to help you get started with searching for articles in databases.