Answered By: Erin McDaniel
Last Updated: Jul 01, 2019     Views: 18


Are you a College of the Mainland (COM) student? I ask because your question is more advanced than we usually receive. You've contacted a community college library, College of the Mainland. If you aren't one of our students, you'll be unable to access our databases. All schools require logins unique to the particular institution.

I am providing resources and links that will help you either way. However, be aware that if you are a student at another college, you should contact your own school library for assistance accessing resources.They will have scholarly databases useful to your topic, and your librarians can assist you with the research process.

In the meantime, I've provided a link to our Open Access Journals & databases guide. Each page has links to different types of resources. You can try the Google Scholar, Open Access Journals & More, and Free databases pages. Be aware that many Google Scholar results are actually from scholarly databases that are NOT open access, so it will still be beneficial for you to utilize your own library resources.

If you are a COM student, go to our A-Z databases guide, also linked below. This guide organizes all of our databases by topic via the pages at the top. Choose either the Social Sciences or Government & Law pages. In the center, you'll see a list of database links in alphabetical order. 

If you're off campus, you'll have to log in with your last name and 7-digit COM ID to access the databases.

I'm also including links to How-To guides for both databases. They include search tips, instructions on narrowing the results using them limiters on the left (Full Text, Publication Date, etc.) and database tools such as obtaining your citation.

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