Helpful Online Resources
From Grinnell Library
Facts, Questions, & Answers
What's an on-line database?
The State of New York, the Mid-Hudson Library System, and Grinnell Library have licensed several aggregate databases of periodicals. They include the contents of hundreds of professional journal, reference books, and specialized magazines-- more than most libraries can afford to subscribe to. You can search them for subjects that interest you, whether it's information about health, business, or current events; or for academic subjects for student research.
But my teacher says I can't use Internet sources!
Many of the sources below are not Internet sources, although you access them by computer, either in the library or at home, through our website. These are articles and search aids that have or help you find sources that have appeared in print in reputable publications, and are now digitized for electronic access.
Don't you have the magazines at the Library?
We have some magazines and news papers, but they are kept mostly general-interest, and we only keep back issues for a year. We don't subscribe to The Journal of Pediatric Medicine, for instance, or the Washington Post. But they're both in our databases.
So, if I find something I want to use, how do I put it in my bibliography?
Use the same citation you would use if you were holding the printed item. In other words, credit the publication, not the database. The database is just a computerized collection of book and periodicals, after all.
How do I log into the databases?
After you click on the icon/image you want to explore a screen will pop up/ In the window, type your 14-digit library card number (without spaces), and click on "submit."
Free access to online publications. Just enter your library card barcode!
~ Click on the images below for access to the databases ~
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