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FAQS: FAQ Collection: Article Databases

1. access databases off campus

These databases are licensed for the exclusive use of enrolled Emmanuel College students, College Faculty, and Staff. Remote access is available for most of the Library's subscription databases with an Emmanuel Portal username and password.

For all databases, click on the database title to access the login screen and enter your Emmanuel Portal login information (your username without the "@emmanuel.edu"). If you do not know your username and password, first click on "Find My Username" on the login screen. Then once you know your username, click on "Forgot My Password" on the login screen to reset your password.

If you cannot set or reset your password, please notify the Emmanuel College Helpdesk. The Library cannot set or reset passwords.

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2. evaluate a resource

Consider the following when choosing resources for your paper:

  1. Authorship and Authority (Gibaldi 41-45)
    •  Author Credential information:
      • Educational degrees such as PhD, MD, etc.
      • Affiliations such as schools, research facilities or other organizations
      • Work experience.
      • Note: In some cases, an organization or corporation may be responsible for a work.
    • Publisher and publication information:
      • Scholarly, refereed or peer reviewed journal articles undergo a higher level of screening by experts in the field prior to being published.
      • Publishers may be associated with educational institutions such as universities or national professional organizations such as American Psychological Association.
  2. Accuracy and Verifiability (Gibaldi 41-45)
    •  Bias or point of view
      • Look at the author affiliations or publication affiliation for potential sources of bias.
      • Note the wording of the work including the tone.
      • Note how thoroughly the author explores differing opinions.
    • Verifiability
      • Determine if the author has citations backing up any claims within a work.
      • If there is a question concerning the information, see if other sources are claiming the same thing.
  3. Currency (Gibaldi 41-45)
    • The date of publication may affect how accurate it is. Certain types of information such as scientific writing have a shorter shelf-life than others. An older article on current trends in heart surgery would not be a credible source. However, an older English literature essay may or may not be a good source.
    • The date of publication may have an affect on point of view or bias. For example, an article on feminism from the 1950s may present a biased account.
Gibaldi, Joseph.  MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers. 6th ed.
New York: The Modern Language Association of America, 2003. Print.

See also, How do I evaluate a web site?

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3. find articles using the Library's online databases

Databases provide access to articles published in journals, newspapers and other reliable sources, often with full text.

  • Select the Databases tab to access the A-Z List of Resources drop-down menu  or click on A-Z List of Databases for a complete list of all databases with descriptions. 
    Tip: When starting your research, try the Multidisciplinary databases as they cover a wide variety of topics.
  • Off-campus users will be prompted to enter their Emmanuel Portal login information for access to the databases.
General Searching Strategies:
  • Identify keywords that best describe the different components of your topic.
  • Use AND to narrow your search to articles containing all search terms entered.
  • Use OR to widen your search by retrieving articles containing at least one of the alternative search terms.
    Tip: Put parentheses around alternative words and quotation marks around phrases.
Example search for finding information on high school science education in the United States: (secondary OR “high school”) AND science AND (education OR curriculum) AND “United States”   Tips:
  • Explore the limiting options such as Published Date and Peer-Reviewed (See How do I find peer-reviewed articles?).
  • Explore searching for your terms in different field(s), e.g., Author, Title, Subject, and All Text, to see how it will affect your results. If your search returns few or no results, you might try searching for your terms in All Text.
  • Note: Different database interfaces may offer different limit and search options. Search limits may only be available on Advanced Search screens.
Sample search in Academic Search Premier: The Select a Field (optional) default option searches the title, author, subject terms, and abstract in Academic Search Premier.
  Example of an Advanced Search in Academic Search Premier
See also the Library Tutorials and FAQ: How do I access the databases off campus? Reference assistance is available in person as well as by phone at 617-735-9927, or by email at reference2@emmanuel.edu.

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4. find peer-reviewed articles

A peer-reviewed article is reviewed and evaluated by experts in the field who make "recommendations concerning acceptance or rejection, and revision of the article" prior to being selected by the journal editor for publication (Peek & Newby, 1996, 110).*

When searching the Library's subscription databases, read the database descriptions to determine if it contains only peer-reviewed materials (e.g. Science Direct, JSTOR).

If a database contains both peer-reviewed and popular articles, choose the peer-reviewed limiter on the left of your results page, or in the advanced search options as below.

Example of an Advanced Search in Academic Search Premier

*Peek, R.P., & Newby, G.B. (Eds.) (1996). Scholarly publishing: The electronic frontier.
 Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press.

(See also How do you find articles using the online databases?.)

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5. find the full text of an article from a citation

The Full-Text Finder can help find available articles through our more than 50 subscription databases.

  • From the Library Home Page, select A-Z Journals by Title under Databases tab.
  • Enter the journal title in the text box and click on Search.
    Note: For the citation below, Analyses of Social Issues & Public Policy is the journal title.

    Monk-Turner, Elizabeth, et al. "A Content Analysis of Violence in American War Movies." Analyses of Social Issues & Public Policy 4.1 (2004): 1-11. Academic Search Premier. Web. 11 August 2011.
  • Use the title of the article in the Search within Publication text box. For off-campus access, enter your Emmanuel Portal login when prompted.
If full text is not available, place an Interlibrary Loan (ILL) request for the article.  An ILL request may take 2-3 weeks to fill depending on the availability of the item.

See also:

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6. handle browser security warnings

If your browser displays a security warning when accessing an Emmanuel database:

Internet Explorer:
If you see "There is a problem with this website’s security certification" with a red shield and an “X,” click on "Continue to this website (not recommended)".

Mozilla Firefox:
If you see "Security Connection Failed"  with a yellow and black figure:

  1. Click OK on the alert pop-up.
  2. Click “or you can add an exception.
  3. Click Add Exception. An Add Security Exception pop-up window will appear.
  4. Click Get Exception and, then, Confirm Security Exception.
Note: If an error page appears, repeat the process.

Google Chrome:
If you see "This is probably not the site you are looking for!", click on "Proceed Anyway".

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7. read today's New York Times in a layout more like the print edition

  • Log in using your New York Times - Academic Pass credentials
  • Go to the following URL https://app.nytimes.com/
  • Scroll through the menu on the left to navigate through the newspaper as it is laid out in print.

8. register for a New York Times Academic Pass

Instructions for Registration

A New York Times Account provides:
  • Unlimited access to www.nytimes.com with your emmanuel.edu email address 
  • Access to award-winning video, multimedia, photos, blogs, and more.
  • Access to article comments and discussions.
  • Access to NYTimes apps for smartphones or tablets. 
  • Full-text of articles back to 1851 when available. 
  • Article printing for content from 1923 to 1980 is limited to 5 articles per day/per user. 

9. request books or articles from other libraries (Interlibrary Loan)

General Information

  • Only current Emmanuel College patrons are eligible for the interlibrary loan service.
  • Required readings from a course syllabus cannot be requested.
  • A request does not guarantee that the material is obtainable.
  • The receipt of each requested item will vary based on lender.
  • On average requests can take one to three weeks to arrive.
  • There is a limit of 3 requests per day.
  • See the Interlibrary Loan Policy for further details.

Request forms

10. search Google Scholar; link to Cardinal Cushing Library Resouces; export to RefWorks

To link to available Cardinal Cushing Library resources in Google Scholar, you have two options:

  • Go to the Library homepage, select the Databases tab and, then, select Google Scholar from the drop down options.
  • Follow these steps:
    1. From the main Google Scholar page, select Settings in the upper right corner.
    2. In the left menu, select Library links.
    3. In the search bar, type Cardinal Cushing Library and click blue search button. Select Cardinal Cushing Library – Full text@Emmanuel Coll. from the results and Save. 
Search Strategies in Google Scholar:
  1. Use Boolean operators when searching.
    • Use AND/+ to narrow search results (automatically applied to multiple terms)
    • Use OR to broaden search terms 
    • Use a negative sign [ - ]  to exclude terms
    • Quotation marks to search for exact phrases.
  2. To access the Advanced Search, click the downward-pointing grey arrow inside the search bar to open Google Scholar’s advanced search feature, which allows for further searching options including searching by author or specific journal. You can also limit to a date range and searching for the search terms within the item title.

  Exporting Google Scholar citations to RefWorks:
  • Under an article citation, click on the Quotation mark icon (Cite) in blue text.  In the window that appears, click RefWorks. If you would like to change your preferences in Google Scholar so RefWorks is the default, follow these steps:
    1. From the main Google Scholar page, select menu icon in the upper right corner. Then go to Settings.
    2. Under the Bibliography manager heading, select Show links to import citations into, and select RefWorks from the drop-down menu.
    3. Save your preferences.
    4. Now, under each article citation in search results, one of the options in blue text will be Import into RefWorks>>.
    5. If using a public computer, remember to log out of RefWorks when finished.
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11. search in Academic Search Premier?

On the Library web site [http://library.emmanuel.edu], access Academic Search Premier throught the A-Z List of Resources under Quick Access or through the A-Z List of Databases link.

  1. Enter search terms as was done in the example search exploring the connection between social media and presidential election in the United States.
  2. Under Search Options, you may wish to limit to Peer Reviewed. Peer reviewed journals contain articles screened by experts in the field. Additionally, you might wish to also limit the Published Date.
  3. On the results page, change the Page Options to Detailed to see the abstracts.
  4. As you read through the results, you can click PDF Full Text to access the complete article.
  5. If there is a Find it@Emmanuel button, click on the button to see if the full text is availiable in another of our databases.

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12. search in JSTOR?

On the Library web site [http://library.emmanuel.edu], access JSTOR through the A-Z List of Resources under Quick Access or through the A-Z List of Databases link.

NOTE: In JSTOR, there is usually a time lag in full-text content, and it may be necessary to retrieve recently published articles through a different database.
Example of a search topic: Courtly love or chivalry in Medieval Europe.

HINT: To access JSTOR's e-books, Click on the E-books link on the library's homepage. Then go to Books at JSTOR on the E-books webpage.

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