How to Guide for Databases

Databases and Research Tools

  1. Our school library webpage!
    1. Check our catalog to see if a book is on the shelf here
  1. Boston Public Library (www.bpl.org)
    1. Register for an ECard by going to quick links and get all those resources for free in seconds
    2.  Favorite databases
      1. Academic Onefile
      2. General Onefile
      3. Biography in Context
      4. Boston Globe/New York Times
    3. Research Tips
      1. Use Advanced Search
      2. Click on Full Text
      3. Click on Peered -Reviewed article
      4. Limit by date if needed
      5. MLA format is listed usually at the bottom of the article
      6. Email the article to yourself (or a friend if a group project)
  1. Mass Libraries http://libraries.state.ma.us/
  1. You can access other databases as well that Massachusetts State Libraries offer at: libraries.state.ma.us
  1. C/W Mars http://bark.cwmars.org/eg/opac/home
  1. Using your public library card, you can interlibrary loan a book! Your library card that you can get at Leicester Public Library lets you borrow from Worcester to Springfield and the book will be shipped to Leicester in 3 to 4 days!
  1. Google Scholar
    1. If all else fails, go to Google Scholar. If you might be able to find full text articles that you need fast! You will be able to search for peer-reviewed articles and able to see how many other people cited the article
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