Frequently Asked Questions

Find what you need in our searchable FAQ.


What is a database?

 

Databases are special search tools the Library offers (and pays for) to help you find articles. While you use the Internet to access them, they are not like Google or other free websites.

Databases usually contain searchable collections of journal, magazine, and newspaper citations. Some special databases contain other types of materials such as music, scores, maps, or images. In some cases the full text of the article is available within a database; in other cases you will link to the full text elsewhere, be directed to the Library's print journals, or need to request the article through ILLiad Interlibrary Loan.

View the brief tutorial How to Get an Article Not Available in Full Text to learn more about finding full text articles at the NEIU Library.