Library

Online Databases (Articles)

"You must live feverishly in a library.  Colleges are not going to do any good unless you are raised and live in a library every day of your life." 
                                                                                Cited in Writer's Digest, February 1976, p 25
                                                                                Ray Douglas Bradbury (1920-        )
                                                                                               

What is a database?

A database is a large collection of data that is organized especially for rapid search and retrieval.

 Academic Search Premier logo  Gale General Onefile Database logo Gale Opposing Viewpoints in Context Database logo   Gale Literature Center Database logo

Different databases provide different kinds of information.  If you need a good, general database, Academic Search would be a good choice.  To find articles with both sides of a particular controversial issue, Points of View database would be the choice. Depending upon your information need, you'll want to select the most appropriate database.  Napa Valley College offers general databases as well as subject-specific databases.

You can get to the databases by choosing the "Find Articles & Databases" link on the left border. 

Databases by Subject

GENERAL
Academic Search Premier (Ebsco)
Academic OneFile (Gale)  
Infotrak Newsstand (Gale) 
Lexis-Nexis Academic on campus use only
Mas Ultra - School Edition (Ebsco)  
Masterfile Premier (Ebsco)        
General OneFile (Gale) 
Opposing Viewpoints in Context (Gale) 
Student Resources In Context (Gale)  
Student Research Center (Ebsco) 

ARTS & HUMANITIES
ARTstor
Book Index with Reviews (Ebsco)
Literature Resource Center - LRC (Gale) 
NoveList (Library) (Remote)

AUDIOBOOKS
AudioBooks (Ebsco)

AUTO REPAIR
Auto Repair Reference Center (Ebsco)
ChiltonLibrary.com (Gale) 

BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Business Source Elite (Ebsco) 
DemographicsNow  (Gale)
Regional Business News (Ebsco) 

EDUCATION
Eric 

ELECTRONIC BOOKS (E-BOOKS)
E-books (Ebsco)
Safari Books
 
ENCYCLOPEDIAS & BACKGROUND INFORMATION
Biography Genealogy Master Index (Gale)
Biography In Context (Gale)  
Opposing Viewpoints In Context (Gale)

GENEALOGY RESEARCH
Heritage Quest Online (Library) (Remote)   

HEALTH
CINAHL Plus with Full Text
Consumer Health Complete (Ebsco) 
Health Source-Consumer Edition (Ebsco) 
Health Source: Nursing/Academic Edition (Ebsco) 
MEDLINE (Ebsco) 

HISTORY
America History & Life with Full-Text (Ebsco) 


JOBS AND CAREERS
Learning Express (Library) (Remote)
Learning Express Job & Career Accelerator  

MILITARY AND GOVERNMENT
Military and Government Collection (Ebsco) 

MUSIC
BIR Entertainment

NEWS

CountryWatch 
Infotrak Newsstand (Gale) 
Newpaper Source Plus (Ebsco) 
ProQuest Newspapers (Library) (Remote)

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
Professional Development Collection (Ebsco) 

PSYCHOLOGY
PILOT - Published International Literature on Traumatic
Stress
Psychology and Behavioral Sciences Collection (Ebsco) 

RELIGION AND PHILOSOPHY
Religion and Philosophy Collection (Ebsco) 

SCIENCE
GreenFILE (Ebsco)

What Are Databases and Why You Need Them

Check out this great YouTube Video created by Yavapai College!

What Type of Article Do You Need? 

The online databases contain articles that are published in magazines, journals and newspapers.  You can limit your results to full-text as well as scholarly or peer-reviewed articles.

The most authoritative articles to use in your research paper are peer-reviewed.  To learn how articles are published in an academic, peer-reviewed journal watch this informative video from North Carolina State University librarians entitled Peer Review in Five Minutes: What's So Special About Peer-Reviewed Articles.

Need more help?  Print out this helpful handout.

 Glamour magazine cover  Rolling Stone Magazine showing Nirvana on the cover  Academic Journal cover for Geriatric Nursing Time Magazine cover featuring President Obama 

Google Scholar 

Google Scholar is a subset of Google Web that specifically searches for scholarly literature.  It can be a helpful source for finding articles, theses, books and court opinions.  In the past, you may have seen a message asking you to buy an article from a publisher when using Google Scholar.  You can configure Google Scholar to the Napa Valley College Library databases so that a special link to your search results will show whether the article on Google Scholar can be obtained through NVC's databases for free.  You may never have to buy an article!  Here's how:

To configure Napa Valley College as a preference in Google Scholar, first log into your Google account.  If you do not have a gmail account, you can register for one without charge. 

Once logged in to Google, pull down the "more" button and choose "Scholar".  This takes you to Google Scholar.

Next click on "Scholar Preferences" and you will see the screen below.

Sample Google Scholar page

Midway down you will see library links.  In order to get full-text article for free from Google Scholar, you will need to type Napa Valley College in the library links box and then click on "find library".  When the page has refreshed, check the box for Napa Valley College EBSCOhost Full Text as shown on the screen above.  Notice that WorldCat Library Search is also available because NVC is a participating library in WorldCat.

Also note that at the bottom of the page there is an option to select a bibliographic manager.  Bibliography managers store the citation of the article and then produce a formatted citation in the bibliography of your paper.  If you already have an account with RefWorks or EndNote you can change the default setting from BibTeX  to show links to import the citations into RefWorks or EndNote.

 Bibliography manager on Google Scholar