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Research Tools: Databases

Describes how to access library databases to retrieve articles, and other materials for research. Also how to complete a works cited page, and evaluate web sites.

How Do I Log In?

 Most Databases require an Allen Log In

The User ID is your Student ID# 

The Password is the first 4 letters of your last name and the last 4 digits of your Social Security #.

Example: 1599999    smit2345

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Instructions for EBSCOhost

EBSCOhost is a database with academic journal articles. It may be searched by topic or by publication.


When searching by topic select limiters such as using the field "TX All Text" - Full Text - Scholarly Journals -- etc.

When searching by Publication, select Publication in the upper blue bar. You may then search for journals or magazines by Title alphabetically, or by Subject - and search within a publication.

There is a very large help area within EBSCOhost, both in written form as well as 4-5 minute tutorials that will guide you through the features of EBSCOhost.

There are topics that cover, Language Translation, eBooks and Audiobooks, Searching, Browsing, Viewing Results, Personalization, Using Folders, Saving Searches & Alerts, Print/E-mail/Save, Citation, and others.

Go to EBSCOhost database link below and click on the 'Help' button on the upper right of the search page. EBSCOhost Help

You can also click on the 'New Features' button to learn about eBooks and Audiobooks.

MS Word Reference Button Help

There is a button when you are in Microsoft Word called References.

It will help you cite your references.

Go to Help for directions.