1. access databases off campus
These databases are licensed for the exclusive use of enrolled Emmanuel College students, College Faculty, and Staff. Remote access is available for most of the Library's subscription databases with an Emmanuel Portal username and password.

For all databases, click on the database title to access the login screen and enter your Emmanuel Portal login information. If you do not know your username and password, first click on "Find My Username" on the login screen. Then once you know your username, click on "Forgot My Password" on the login screen to reset your password.

If you cannot set or reset your password, please notify the Emmanuel College Helpdesk. The Library cannot set or reset passwords.

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2. evaluate a resource
Consider the following when choosing resources for your paper:
1. Authorship and Authority (Gibaldi 41-45)
~ Author Credential information:
[Note: In some cases, an organization or corporation may be responsible for a work.]
  • Educational degrees such as PhD, MD, etc.
  • Affiliations such as schools, research facilities or other organizations; and
  • Work experience.
~ Publisher and publication information:
  • Scholarly, refereed or peer reviewed journal articles undergo a higher level of screening by experts in the field prior to being published.
  • Publishers may be associated with educational institutions such as universities or national professional organizations such as American Psychological Association.
2. Accuracy and Verifiability (Gibaldi 41-45)
~ Bias or point of view
  • Look at the author affiliations or publication affiliation for potential sources of bias.
  • Note the wording of the work including the tone.
  • Note how thoroughly the author explores differing opinions.
~ Verifiability
  • Determine if the author has citations backing up any claims within a work.
  • If there is a question concerning the information, see if other sources are claiming the same thing.
3. Currency (Gibaldi 41-45)
  • The date of publication may affect how accurate it is. Certain types of information such as scientific writing have a shorter shelf-life than others. An older article on current trends in heart surgery would not be a credible source. However, an older English literature essay may or may not be a good source.
  • The date of publication may have an affect on point of view or bias. For example, an article on feminism from the 1950s may present a biased account.
Gibaldi, Joseph.  MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers. 6th ed.
New York: The Modern Language Association of America, 2003. Print.

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3. find articles using the Library's online databases
Use the Research Guides link on the library home page to identify subject-specific databases (e.g. Science Direct  and Business Source Premier).  Use the Finding Articles link to access an alphabetical list of databases.

Hint: If you are not sure which subject-specific databases to choose, begin with a multidisciplinary database. Access these databases by choosing the first option on the Research by Subject guide, Multidisciplinary Databases.

Basic database searching:
Enter your search in the text boxes using Boolean operators.
PurposeSpecial Considerations
ANDNarrows your search to materials that contain both search terms entered.Adding another search term further narrows the search.
ORBroadens the search by retrieving materials that contain at least one of the entered search terms. Put OR between alternative terms for a concept.Put parentheses around the alternative words in a search string.
NOTLimits the search by excluding all terms following it and is placed at the end of a search string.Use NOT sparingly since it may eliminate materials that could be useful
Example of a search string to find information on high school science education in the United States:
(secondary OR “high school”) AND science AND (education OR curriculum)
* Note: Use quotation marks around phrases.

2. As you enter your terms, some databases allow you to choose the search fields that the terms will be found, such as title, author, or subject.
3. Use the limiting options to help focus the search. The peer-reviewed option limits the results to articles screened by experts in a field prior to inclusion in the journal. (Search limits may only be available on the Advanced Search screens.)

To view a sample search and the results in the multidisciplinary database, Academic Search Premier, click here.

See also,
How do I access the databases off campus?

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4. find full text of an article from a citation
• Search for the journal title in the Full-Text Finder.

       • In the Full-Text Finder results list, check that the available dates for full text include the date of your article citation.

• Remember to go through the Emmanuel College Library web site for free full-text access. DO NOT GOOGLE the journal or article title, since that will direct you to the publishers' web sites and you will be prompted to pay for access to the article. The College pays for access to more than 2,000 journals, but you must use the Library web site. For off-campus access, enter your Emmanuel Portal login when prompted.

• If full text is not available, place an Interlibrary Loan (ILL) request for the article.  An ILL request may take 2-3 weeks to fill depending on the availability of the item.

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5. find peer-reviewed articles
A peer-reviewed article is reviewed and evaluated by experts in the field who make "recommendations concerning acceptance or rejection, and revision of the article" prior to being selected by the journal editor for publication (Peek & Newby, 1996, 110).*

When searching the Library's subscription databases, read the database descriptions to determine if it contains only peer-reviewed materials (e.g. Science Direct).

If a database contains both peer-reviewed and popular articles, choose the peer-reviewed limit to retrieve only peer-reviewed articles. The peer-reviewed search limit may only be available on the Advanced Search screens.(See an example of limiting to peer reviewed articles in Academic Search Premier)

*Peek, R.P., & Newby, G.B. (Eds.) (1996). Scholarly publishing: The electronic frontier.
 Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press.

(See also How do you find articles using the online databases?.)

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6. handle browser security warnings

If your browser displays a security warning when accessing an Emmanuel database:

Internet Explorer:
If you see There is a problem with this website’s security certification with a red shield and an “X,” click on Continue to this website (not recommended).

Mozilla Firefox:
If you see Security Connection Failed with a yellow and black figure:
1. Click OK on the alert pop-up.
2. Click “or you can add an exception.
3. Click Add Exception. An Add Security Exception pop-up window will appear.
4. Click Get Exception and, then, Confirm Security Exception.
Note:If an error page appears, repeat the process.
Google Chrome:
If you see This is probably not the site you are looking for!, click on  proceed anyway.

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7. request a book/article