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Clicking any link below will re-direct you to login with your Concord University email/password which will allow you to access the selected database of your choice. If you clear cookies upon exiting your browser, or have cookies disabled you will be re-directed once again to login with your Concord University email/password upon clicking another database link. 

Bookmark this page or the individual links as needed.
Using Databases

A “best practices” guide for more effective database searching


The guide is arranged into the following sections:

What are electronic databases?
Which database should I use?
Search techniques
Using search results

What are electronic databases?

Databases provide digital access to publications which can include but are not limited to the following:

  • Books
  • Journal articles
  • Book reviews
  • Popular magazines

Databases offer access to these publications in various forms including:

  • Citations
  • Abstracts
  • Full text

Which database should I use?

The library subscribes to various databases. For example, some deal with music while others may offer more generalized topics. The current list of databases can be found Above. Most databases have an explanatory description on their respective landing pages.

Planning the search

Limit your search results by implementing one or more of the following:

  • By publication title
  • By citation, abstract or full text
  • Whether it is peer-reviewed
  • By date
  • By subject area

Searching techniques

Several of the library subscribed databases allow for “ advanced “ searching. Advanced searches make use of operators such as ANDOR and NOT. These operators can help add or exclude words from the search results. Searches may be further defined by utilizing the following:

  • Keywords
  • Entire document
  • Document title
  • Publication title
  • Subject
  • Abstract
  • Author

What operators and search limiters you can use will depend on the database.

Database Help

Help connecting to the databases 

  1. Confirm you are using valid links from the databases page above
  2. Confirm you are using your assigned Concord University email & password
    • NOTE: You must use your FULL Concord University email as the username
  3. If you disable cookies or clear your browsing history upon exiting, you will be redirected to login with your Concord University email & password upon accessing another database link

If you still require assistance accessing the databases from off campus, call 304-384-5371 or email