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Research/ Database Questions

How can I tell if an article is original research?

To determine whether an article is original research or not, read the abstract and/or introduction to find clues.
An article of original research presents materials and/or methods, results, statistical analysis, objective, hypothesis, sample group, and other elements used in scientific research.

An article of non-original research will use phrases like critical review, literature review, or present opinion about a topic.

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I found a great article in the databases but need the full text. What do I do?

If you found an article in the databases but it is not offered in full text you can try a few different things.

Try searching for the article using the article’s title or author name in Google Scholar.

Try searching Google for the article using the title, author or copy and paste an excerpt or the abstract into the Google search field.

If are a patron of a public library or other library, you can search their databases to see if they have the article available.

You can try searching for the article in a different database that we offer.

Though these efforts are occasionally fruitful, you will likely not find a FREE full text of the article. So, take a deep breath, move on, and remember to limit your searches with the “FULL TEXT” in the future. See our “video tutorials” for help using databases.

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Where is the Full Text of my article?

IF the full text is available you will see a link like “HTML FULL TEXT” or “PDF FULL TEXT” or “CHECK LINK SOURCE”. If you don’t see one of these options, then the full text of your article is not available in that database.

To avoid this in the future, select “FULL TEXT” in the database search options and the articles returned will only show you results with full text available. See “video tutorials” for a walkthrough of how to select search options in different databases.

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Why isn’t the catalog giving me research articles when I search it?

The Library Catalog is a database of eBooks, physical books, dvds, blurays, and cameras that patrons may check out from the library.

If you are conducting research and need articles, Peer-Review/ Academic/ Scholarly information, newspapers, magazines and other resources for a research paper or class, then please use our research databases There are tutorials and handouts available on the research databases page.

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Where is ARTstor and how do I access it?

ARTstor is an image database to which the library purchases access for students, staff, and faculty. You can access the database by choosing the following options from the horizontal menu towards the top of the screen:

1- Search for
2- Images
3- ARTstor is listed under OPTION 1: Search for images using an Image Database.
4- Click on “ARTstor” and enter your SID#

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Why is the database/ NoodleTools asking me to pay or not allowing me access?

The Library purchases access to databases like ProQuest and EbscoHOST, and services like NoodleTools for students, staff, and faculty to access and use. To gain access to these users MUST use the links provided on the library website and enter their SID#. This allows the databases and services to authenticate or verify that access should be granted.

If you search for resources on the internet (and not through the library website) and follow links to those services, you will not be given free access because they cannot authenticate your access.

To access Research Tools (databases like ProQuest and EbscoHost) use the links provided on the “Search for Articles/ Start Researching” page.

To access NoodleTools follow the link named “NoodleTools” under Quick Links on the right side of the screen or click NoodleTools Here.

NOTE: Safari Online, an eBooks database, allows a limited number of subscribers access at a time. So, if you followed the link through the library website and are still denied access, then wait a 30 minutes or so and try again. You will just need to wait until someone logs off and frees a space for you.

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Why can I not find research articles in the library catalog/ Destiny Quest?

The Library Catalog is a database of electronic books, physical books, dvds, blurays, and cameras that patrons may check out from the library.

  • The catalog does NOT search the research databases.
  • The library does NOT currently have one place from where you can search for everything.
If you are conducting research and need articles, Peer-Review/ Academic/ Scholarly information, newspapers, magazines and other resources for a research paper or class, then please use our research databases
There are tutorials and handouts available on the research databases page.
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