Wednesday, April 23, 2008

How to Use the Depaul Online Library for Research

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One of the really nice perks that we have as students at DePaul is the online research library. The library subscribes to many databases of academic journals and magazines which are searchable. Many of these databases allow you to access and download full text versions of the journal articles, usually available in PDF format. To access the online research library, all you need is your Depaul student ID.

Here's how to access the DePaul online research library:
1. Bring up the main DePaul web site by browsing to
2. At the top of the page, click on the "Libraries" link.

3. This will bring you to the Library page. There are lots of links to follow here. Focus on the "Research" section. The way this works is that you need to identify the database in which you want to conduct your search. Once you do that, you can use the database's internal search function to find your article. So, how do you find a database? There are a couple ways:

Method 1:
Use this method if you're just starting out and don't know which database or journal you're going to search
4. Click the "Journals and newspaper articles" link. That will bring you to the subject page.
5. Since we're studying statistics, a good choice for subject would be Mathematical Sciences. Click that link.
6. You get the database list. For mathematical sciences, we subscribe to 7 databases. The database list gives you a short description of the database and the dates covered by the database. Some of the databases indicate whether we subscribe to full text of articles with a FT icon:

7. Choose your database and click on its link. You'll be prompted for your DePaul username and password. Enter those and click Login.

Method 2:
Use this method if you know the database you want to search
4. In the Research section of the Library page you can click on the A-Z Database List to see all the databases. If you already know the database that you want to search, you can skip by the "subject" steps 4-5 above in method 1 by just using the A-Z list.

Method 3:
Use this method if you know the name of the journal that you want to search
4. Click the "Journals and newspaper articles" link.
5. On the left hand margin, enter the name of the journal and click Search.
6. The results page will show you which databases contain that journal and for which years

Each database has its own interface and it would be impossible for me to cover all of them, but most of them are self explanatory and user-friendly. You can usually search by author, article title or keyword. Several databases also allow you to browse the issues of the journals in the database.

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