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Databases Teach Themselves

Althhough the library can and does create handouts, webpages, and tutorials to teach students how to use databases, most databases do all these things themselves.

When you are in a database and need help, look around for a Help Link. You can usually find one in the top left or right corner.

Online help is is always the most up to date help you can find.

How to Use...

Although the general search skills you use for one database are largely transferable to all databases, especially those using the same vendor platform, each database is unique with its own controlled vocabulary and special features.


  • ATLAS is the only database that will let you search by Bible verse.
  • You can create personal play-lists in NAXOS.
  • Some of the education databases will let you search by state and national standards.
  • ProQuest Ebook Central allows you to treat eBooks like your own textbooks. You can bookmark pages, highlight passages, and take notes online.
  • Many databases allow you to set up a personal account and will send you alerts every time a new article of interest to you is published.

Library Created Help Pages for Specific Databases