Welcome to the wonderful world of database searching! A database is a collection of scholarly journals that allows you to search through those journals for information based on your topic, rather than requiring you to go through each journal one by one.
There is a lot of information here, so take your time, study the videos and tutorials, maybe take some notes, and then dive in and get your hands dirty. You can get to our full list of databases with the button below or by clicking databases on the Oxford Library home page:
TIP: Emory has about 1,000 databases and it can be difficult deciding which ones to use. Find an appropriate Research Guide to identify the recommended databases for your field of study or contact the library for advice on where to start.
You're ready to try a basic search! This video walks you through a search in an EBSCO database. Don't let the term " Advanced Search" scare you. It just means you have more options to design your search from the start.
When an article you want isn't available from one of Emory Libraries' resources, or, say, when you find an article in a web search but the publisher wants you to pay $35 to download it, the library's Interlibrary Loan department comes to the rescue!
There are two ways to order an article using Interlibrary Loan. The first is to click on the link to Find it at Emory that accompanies a citation in a database. If we don't have the article in any other database, you'll see a link to request the article via interlibrary loan:
Click there to go to the sign-in page for Interlibrary Loan. Once you sign in, the system pre-fills a form with all the information needed to order the article. (If it's your first time using ILL, you will need to register. The system will walk you through the prompts.) If you have any problems, please email Oxreserves@listserv.cc.emory.edu, or online chat with us for help:
What happens next? Our interlibrary loan department identifies a library that owns the journal and sends the request to them. That library scans the article into a PDF and, once it's uploaded to your ILL account, you get an email that the article is available. An uploaded ILL document is only available for 30 days or five views, whichever comes first, so it's a good idea to download the PDF right away! Oh, and even though the name of the service is interlibrary loan, articles are yours to keep.
The other way to order an article requires a bit more effort, but it works just as well. Log in to Interlibrary Loan from our homepage menu, click Create Request, and select the type of item you are requesting: Article, Book/Media, or Book Chapter. Fill in the form with as much information as you can and submit the request.
We can get almost any article requested through ILL. It is seamless, fast (but not instant), and free to you, so don't let that perfect article get away!
Wondering what "peer review" means? Watch this video from the librarians at North Carolina State University.
Google Scholar searches for scholarly content across the internet. It's easy to use, but you won't want to rely on it as your only source.
Database Searching Tips