Using the Cross Database Search

Using the Cross Database Search


Welcome to the Casper College Library!
Here’s how to find peer-reviewed and scholarly articles using the Cross-
Database Search. The library has access to nearly 300 article video and music
databases which can be overwhelming. If you’re not sure which one to use, we have
a tool that we call the Cross-Database Search that will search all of those
databases at once. It’s a great place to start looking for articles! Starting on
our homepage, which you can find at CasperCollege.edu/library, scroll
down underneath the Quick Links section where there is a search box labeled “Find
Articles”. When you do a search, you’ll see a long
list of results. We have access to many types of articles including scholarly,
newspaper, and magazine articles, but today we’re going to narrow our search
to scholarly and peer review. It’s worth noting that peer review research
articles are scholarly, but not all scholarly articles are peer-reviewed
research, which is why we could narrow our results to only peer review.
On this result list, we can make some more choices to reduce the number of
results. First, I’m going to click on the scholarly and peer review option under
“refine your search”. For science related articles it’s common to limit the
results to the last five years, which I will do by dragging the left red dot on
the publication date over to the right. Under each article title. there is a
preview link. Hovering over this preview will include information about the
articles such as the journal and page number where it’s found, but quite often
will include the abstract as well. This makes it more efficient for you to
decide if you’d like to read the whole article without having to click on the
title. And now you can choose an article that looks best for your topic! You can
click on either the title or the full text online link to access the entire
article. From the results list, you can also save the permalink, find the
citation, and email an article link to yourself and you will have those same
opportunities within the article itself. If you are off-campus, clicking on an
article will first take you to a login page where you will be asked for a
username and password. This is the same username and password that you use to
access Moodle. And that’s it! If you ever get stuck or have any questions, please
contact your Casper college librarians!