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How do I search for articles?

Use the library’s article databases (also called article indexes) to find high-quality articles for your papers and projects.

Part of the research process is choosing the right database for your subject. Databases can cover many topics generally (like Academic Search Complete or Opposing Viewpoints) or may be more specific in their focus (like the Literature Resource Center.)

Check the databases page for subjects and descriptions.

Need help? Try the library tutorials:

Why should I use library databases?

Library resources and databases give students and staff 24/7 access to millions of articles in full-text format and materials are free of charge.

These databases provide reliable and accurate information from reputable sources. Many of the collections contain scholarly or peer-reviewed journals, a staple in college research.

In addition to tons of articles, databases also provide many tools for researchers to use. Refinement tools help to focus, broaden, or optimize searches by subject, date, author, publisher, and more. Other tools provide readers with citations, abstracts, saving features, and formatting help.

How do I access databases off-campus?

All databases are available off-campus for those with myTyler access. If you are working off-campus, you will be prompted to enter a myTyler username and password after clicking on the database link. 

Community members can access JTCC databases by visiting the library in person. Library computer stations provide access to all online resources.

Having trouble accessing the databases? Contact the library at 804-594-1520 (Midlothian) or 804-706-5198 (Chester), so we can fix it!

Are there any other online resources I can use?

The library’s resources are an excellent source of high-quality articles for your papers and projects, but sometimes other internet sources give the exact information needed.

The library also bookmarks websites in Delicious. These websites provide reliable, unbiased information suitable for research.

If you have questions about an online source, ask your librarians for help! Library staff can help you evaluate web resources.