Database Searching Tips

A lot of newer users to the Library are unfamiliar with using databases, so here are some quick tips to help you search for articles in newspapers, magazines and journals:

  • If you’re looking for something you can read and print online immediately, make sure to check the “full-text” box; this will give you everything electronically. You can follow the links labeled full-text to read and print online.
  • If you’re wondering how to know if we have a copy of the magazine, journal or newspaper you’re looking for, click on the Periodicals Holding List if you’re on campus. You can then type in the name and see if Highline Library carries it.
  • If you know you need an article from a magazine (or a newspaper, or a periodical), look for a box labeled “publication type” (or something similar), and then you can narrow your choices to what you’re looking for. If you don’t see this box, don’t be afraid to click on “more search options.”
  • You can also specify the time frame of when the article was published; you can see your options in the “date range” box. The choices will vary in databases, but most will give you an option of between a day and a year, and also let you put in a specific date, if you know when your article was published.

Do you have more tips for database users? Leave a comment!


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