Answered By: Erin McDaniel
Last Updated: Feb 08, 2016     Views: 7

To find articles on this topic, go to the A-Z Databases libguide linked below. It organizes our databases by topic. Simply select the tab at the top that best corresponds to your assignment. In this case, I selected Fitness and Wellness, because I wanted databases on health topics. You could also select the Nursing or Science tabs if you think that would be more relevant.

The database libguide can also be found on the library homepage by selecting the Search Databases link with the magnifying glass icon, under the Get Started heading.

Once you select a Subject tab, you will see a list of linked databases in the center. Click the small Database info iconicon next to the database name to see details about that resource. Three databases to start with are ProQuest Research Library, Health Reference Center Academic and Academic Source Complete.

To access a database, click on the hyperlinked name. If you are off campus, you will have to log in with your last name and 7-digit COM ID . If you are not a College of the Mainland student, go to your school's library website to get into the databases. Databases are only available to the students of that institution. The search techniques provided here will still be relevant, and a librarian at your institution will also be happy to help you.

A search phrase to try is: mosquito AND disease . The capitalized "AND" tells the database to find articles that mention both terms. You can augment phrases if you want, or change out the individual terms.

In ProQuest, enter your search phrase and check the Full Text box under the search bar. Once you run your search, use the limiters on the left to narrow. You can adjust the publication date range, limit by source type, subject terms, geography, etc.

Health Reference Center only has the Full Text of articles, so enter your phrase, run the search, then use the limiters on the right to narrow.

Academic Search Complete works much like ProQuest. Limit to Full Text after you have run your search. All of the databases have useful tools such as the ability to save, print, email, and obtain citations. Links to database How-To libguides are included below, as well.

 

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