- NetID Account for Accessing Databases
Use your NetID login for accessing EWU databases from off-campus. This is the same login that is used for EWU email and for computer labs on campus. The above link will allow you to activate or change your NetID login.
- Find Articles
The above link will take you to a list of all EWU library databases arranged alphabetically and by subject. If you are accessing the databases from off-campus, you will need to login with your iTech username and password when prompted to.
- Find Books and Videos and such
EWU WorldCat searches EWU holdings and over 30 academic libraries in Washington & Oregon, as well as thousands of other libraries worldwide. EWU items are ranked first. Requested items from Summit Libraries take 3-7 days; WorldCat interlibrary loan requests take 1-2 weeks. The EWU-only library catalog provides holdings information for the JFK and Riverpoint collections. Most items at JFK (Cheney campus) can be requested and sent to Riverpoint with a quick delivery time of just a day or two.
- Find a Journal, Magazine or Newspaper
Looking for a particular journal? This link provides two avenues for determining whether the library provides either physical or electronic access to the journal you're looking for. If the journal you're looking for resides physically at the JFK Library in Cheney, you can use the Interlibrary Loan System (below) to request scanned PDF copies of particular articles. You can also search WSU's holdings available to you at the Riverpoint Campus Library via Griffin or the WSU e-Journals list.
- EWU Interlibrary Loan System
Use this link when the article you need is not available either online or physically at the Riverpoint Campus Library; or in the rare instance that a book or video you want is not available via Summit.
- RefWorks and Citation Style Guides
RefWorks is a citation management program which facilitates collecting, organizing, and formatting your research references - makes APA and other citation styles a snap. This page also contains links to citation style guides for APA, MLA, and others.
- EBSCO Multiple Database Search
This link opens a customized (and customizable) multiple-database search from the EBSCO interface: simultaneously search MEDLINE, CINAHL, Health Source and Academic Search Complete.
PubMed is an expanded version of the MEDLINE database (included in the EBSCO multiple database search), a comprehensive index to all aspects of medicine, covering over 5,000 journals, back to 1946. PubMed is made available for free by the National Library of Medicine; note, however, that the above link connects PubMed to the EWU library system for greater ease of access to local full-text resources. Look for the "Check for Full Text at EWU" button within individual PubMed records.
- MEDLINE (EBSCO)
Comprehensive index to all aspects of medicine, covering around 5000 journals, back to 1946; free expanded version available called PubMed (see above). The advantage of searching MEDLINE via EBSCO is that you can concurrently search it with other EBSCO databases such as CINAHL.
- CINAHL with Full Text
Comprehensive database for nursing and allied health, with full text articles from around 325 journals and trade magazines, and indexing to over 2700 titles, back to 1981. (A few titles are indexed even earlier, back to 1937.) Also includes citations to books, dissertations, and conference proceedings.
- Cochrane Library
Portal to access 6 databases for evidence-based medicine. Includes: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews (called Cochrane Reviews); DARE: Database of Abstracts of Reviews of Effects (Other Reviews); Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials (Clinical Trials); Cochrane Methodology Register (Methods Studies); Health Technology Assessment Database (Technology Assessment); and NHS Economic Evaluation Database (Economic Evaluations).
- Science Direct
Full text articles from approximately 50 scholarly journals back to 1995; includes Dental Abstracts as well as indexing of all 1800 Elsevier journals and MEDLINE.
- Web of Science
Also known as Science Citation Index. Indexes and analyzes citations from over 5,700 scientific journals back to 1995. Approximately 25% overlap with PubMed, plus other biomedical coverage. The primary strength of Web of Science is its highly developed system of citation tracking.
- Boolean Operators
These are the connecting terms -- and, or and not -- that allow you to arrange your search terms with logic and precision. Use and to narrow your search, or to broaden your search, and not to exclude irrelevant records from your search.
Nesting is an extension of Boolean logic. You must always remember to "nest" or group synonymous or related terms linked by the or operator. Normally you use parentheses to nest such terms; alternatively some databases allow you to simply type the terms you want to nest together -- joined by the or operator -- in the same search box.
- Phrase Searching
Most databases require that you enclose a phrase in quotation marks if you want to search on it as a phrase.
This is a handy way to cover multiple variations of a search term without having to type in each full-length term; you shorten your term to the first few relevant letters and then add the truncation character. In most databases the truncation character is the asterisk (*) but in some cases it may be a question mark (?) or pound sign (#). (Check the help section of a particular database to find out which character is used.) Example: adolescen* would find "adolescent" or "adolescence".
- Field Searching: Limiting to Titles
Most databases allow you to limit your search to a specific field within each database record. If you are having trouble narrowing your search to a manageable number of articles relevant to your topic, limiting your search to the title field is an easy way to narrow the focus and limit the number of articles retrieved. Your search results should be highly relevant to your search terms because article titles tend to be very specific and indicative of subject content.
- Controlled Vocabulary
These terms are sometimes referred to as descriptors, subject headings, or subject terms. They are standardized terms developed as part of the structure of a particular database and used to identify the content of each item in the database in a consistent way. An actual human reviews each item going into a database and assigns the appropriate term or terms. Controlled vocabulary offers another tool for zeroing in on those needles in the database haystack.