How to Use Databases

The libraries' subscription databases are available via the Internet to LSCC students, faculty and staff. Log on using your X-ID as the Borrower ID and your six-digit birth date (MMDDYY) as the PIN. Members of the public may access databases on the library premises only.

Most databases have the same general features, but may vary in location and name from one database to another. Here's the search screen for the database Academic Search Complete. The features marked are ones you will find in most databases.

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Depending on the database, you may start in a Basic, Advanced, or Subject search. As you can see in the above picture, you start Academic Search Complete using a basic keyword search. LSCC librarians have determined the best way for you to start in each database, and this is the default type of search you will get when you access a database.

The results of your search will appear in a list of brief records. Here is a brief record from Academic Search Complete with the various fields labeled:

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In many databases, you can click on the title of the article to get more information on it. Here is the full record for the article from above:

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The full text of the article may be available in two different formats:

HTML Full Text - The text of the article has been formatted similar to that of a webpage. In some cases, pictures or charts may be omitted

PDF Full Text - This is a scanned image of the article as it actually appeared in its magazine or journal. PDF files may be large in size, but you have a true copy of the article.

The brief record above has links to both types of full text. Click on the link for the type of full text you would like to view.

Look for icons or links that allow you to print, save, or e-mail the article to yourself.

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If you have any difficulty using the databases or finding articles, talk to a librarian.