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Intoduction to Online Databases

James C. Kirkpatrick Library provides access to over 100 electronic databases. Most of these electronic databases have the same basic search structure, so once you know how to search one database, you can quickly adapt your search strategies for the other databases. The largest database is Academic Search Premier, which provides full-text access to over 4,700 publications from various disciplines.

To use these databases, go to the library website at http://library.ucmo.edu. Under Online Resources/Databases, select Databases A-Z and then choose the database you would like to search.

Basics :: General Databases


Search Screen

Database search pages have many of the same features, even though they may have different interfaces. Databases use keyword searches with simple and advanced search options, with the latter allowing you to narrow your search results by author name, title keywords, journal name, or ISSN number. Many databases allow you to limit your results by publication date; when available, you also can limit your results to full-text entries and scholarly, or peer-reviewed, journal articles.

Search Results

The results of your search will appear in a list of citations, generally with the most recent item first. When you click on the item record, you will see a more detailed citation, an abstract, and when available, the full-text of the article. Full-text articles generally appear as html text or as a PDF file, or both.

Printing, Downloading, and Emailing Results

When you find a useful article, you can choose to print, download, or email it to yourself. When you have a full-text article, generally the print and email options are on the top of the page. Some databases do not allow you to download articles to a disk, but the option is available in EBSCO.

General Databases

JCKL has many specialized databases, but the two main general databases are Academic Search Premier (EBSCO) and Academic Universe (Lexis-Nexis). Both provide full-text information and are available on- and off-campus for UCM faculty, staff, and students.


EBSCO contains more than 25 different general and specialized collections. The two multi-disciplinary databases in this group are Academic Search Premier and MasterFILE Elite; Academic Search Premier contains full-text for over 4,700 publications, while MasterFILE Elite contains over 1,200 full-text reference publications, 24 full-text reference books, and over 100,000 photos, maps, and flags. Go to the Databases A-Z List to choose a database. To search two or more collections, click on the ‘Choose Databases’ tab at the top of the page. You will find a list with descriptions of all of the EBSCO databases, and you can select the resources that fit your research needs.

After choosing your databases, you may enter keywords for your search. If you would like to retrieve only full-text or scholarly articles, select these options below the search box.

You can save your searches and results lists and return to them at a later time. To do so, click ‘Add to Folder’, then click on the icon ‘Folder has items’. To save the items in your folder, click ‘Sign In to My EBSCOhost’, then click ‘I’m a New User’, and finish the registration process. You can sign into My EBSCOhost at any time and retrieve the contents of the folder.

EBSCO Databases Available at UCM



Lexis-Nexis is made up of many different specialized databases organized into categories. Most of the information is full-text, making this a very valuable resource for all. You can enter Lexis-Nexis from the Databases A-Z List or you can enter any of the individual Lexis-Nexis databases and reach any of the others from the search forms bar on the left side of the screen.

Lexis-Nexis Databases Available at UCM



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