This video demonstrates how to access library databases from the Alvin Sherman Library website.
This video will show you how to access the library databases from the Alvin Sherman Library website.
Through the library, you have access to hundreds of databases covering a variety of subject areas. Each database contains different types of information sources including scholarly journal articles, e-books, dissertations, newspaper articles, streaming videos, and more. When researching a topic, you should look for information in library databases.
To get to the library databases, start on the Alvin Sherman Library homepage, which is nova.edu/library/main.
On the homepage, you will see two buttons called “Databases by Name” and “Databases by Subject.” If you don’t know a specific database to use, click on “Databases by Subject” to find a category that best matches your topic. For example, if you were looking for articles on standardized testing, you would want to select the category for “Education” so you could view all of the library’s education-related databases.
If you do know the name of database that you want to use, you can go directly to it by clicking on the “Databases by Name” button and scrolling through the alphabetical listing of databases, or you could type the name of the database that you want. For example, if you want to search for education articles in the database called ERIC, you could type ERIC and click on the link to the log in screen.
It’s important to remember that you should only type the name of a specific database when using the “Databases by Name” search feature. Unlike the button for “Databases by Subject,” this button will not search by discipline. For example, if you were to type “education,” you would only find databases with “education” in their name. Notice how ERIC does not show up on this list. While ERIC is one of the library’s most important education databases, it does not have the word “education” in its title so you could unintentionally miss it.
Alternatively, to get to the library databases, you could click on the homepage menu and then click on the link to “Databases.”
This will take you to a webpage where you can browse the databases alphabetically by their name, by the subject content that they cover, or by the types of materials that they contain.
For example, if you were specifically looking for a dissertation relating to your topic, you could click on the “Dissertations” link under “Browse by Material Type” to view a listing of databases that all contain dissertations. From there, you could read the database descriptions to find one that matches your needs.
The icons following the description indicate who has access to that specific database. While all patrons have access from within the library building, look at the “house” icon to see who has access from off campus. In this example, we see that ERIC-ProQuest can only be accessed remotely by current NSU students, faculty, and staff while the ERIC Thesaurus can be accessed remotely by everyone, including NSU Alumni.
Remember, it is a good idea to use more than one database when searching for information. This will help you make sure that you are doing a comprehensive search on your topic.
If you have any questions about accessing the library’s databases, please feel free to ask a librarian.