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Research Database Tips 101: Home

Find quality information in less time

Being told to "use the library's databases" (instead of websites) may sound scary, but it's really not. Actually it can be much easier than doing a Google search.

Let's Do This!    Where are the databases?

 

How do I log in?

Select Student Login (if you see the screen below and are NOT faculty or staff)

Open Athens Choose how to sign in (staff or studen

 

Enter your Passport credentials. 

Note: You may need to login again if you switch to another browser or close your browser window.

Passport Sign in Screen "Login with Student ID & P

No More Fear!

  • Sort Database list by Subject (button near the top)
  • Search by typing keywords into the search box(es)
  • To view - select the title (blue link)
  • Use Tools to e-mail, print, or generate a citation

 

Gale & Ebsco Tutorials

You will notice many of our databases say Gale or Ebsco at the end of their names.  Most of those databases have similar search features and tool boxes.

In your ENC1101 classes you learned how to search in Academic OneFile (Gale) and Academic Search Complete (EBSCO). For a quick refresher on searching in Gale, select the link below.

For tips & tricks on using the Gale databases Click Here! 

Image of a Gale search screen

You will notice many of our databases say Gale or Ebsco at the end of their names.  Most of those databases have similar search features and tool boxes.

In your ENC1101 classes you learned how to search in Academic OneFile (Gale) and Academic Search Complete (EBSCO). For a quick refresher on searching in EBSCO, select the link below.

For tips & tricks on using the EBSCO databases Click Here! 

Image of an EBSCO search screen

AskALibrarian

We have access to approximately 110 databases @ Polk State.  Where should you start?

* Narrow down which database to use by sorting them by subject or asking a librarian.  

Here's a direct link to all of our databases: Articles/Databases

Select the gray Subject button near the top of the page (to sort by subject)  

Image of databases sorted by subject 

 

 

 

 

 

View (or hide) the databases within each subject category by selecting or -

 

 

Listed below are links to the 12 databases with the highest successful search rate (most views of full-text articles after performing a search) over the past 6 months @ PSC.  We've categorized them by the information you are most likely find in them for your convenience :)

Great 1 Stop Shops (for Almost Any Topic)

Great for Information on Controversial Topics

Information About Authors & Their Works

Nursing Research Must Haves

Super for Psychology (a Go-to for Nursing & CJ)

Infographic of Gale and EBSCO Databases at PSC

Librarian

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Shannon Schane
Contact:
Polk State College
999 Ave H NE
Winter Haven, FL 33881
863-298-6813

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