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Jessie Ball duPont Library

Choosing and Using Library Databases

This guide will help you choose and use library databases more effectively.

Find Full Text

Find Full Text is your friend! This link will help you get the article. Here's what it will do:

  • Try to find the article online. If that doesn't work it will...
  • Provide you with a link to the Interlibrary Loan form, where you can request a copy from another library.



About Interlibrary Loan

You don't need to know what library has the item you're looking for. The system will find a library for you and send a request for them to scan the article and e-mail it to you. It usually takes a few days. And it's free!

Print, Email, or Download Your Results

Most databases offer the option of printing, downloading, or emailing your results.

  • Select items of interest by checking the boxes next to the citations.
  • Once you have selected all your items, click on the print, email, or download option and follow the on-screen directions.

A few databases require you to first save items to a folder or bookbag. Then you can print or email the folder/bookbag's content.

Citation Management Software

If you're using a program like Endnote or Zotero to manage your citations, many databases allow you to export directly into your citation lists. 

Notification Services

For long-term research, most databases have notification services that will automatically alert you (by e-mail or a custom rss feed) when a new article or book is added to the database which fits your chosen search criteria.

Notifications services provide an excellent method of keeping up-to-date with new publications in a field, by an author, or in a journal title.

Check the Help menu of a database to find out if it offers a notification system and, if so, how to use it.