There are a number of electronic resources you can use to research your area. The databases on this page are some of the more useful ones. You can also search for a specific journal using the search box below. If you cannot find what you need, please contact the Subject Specialist using the contact information under the Home tab of this Guide.
If you are faculty, staff, or currently enrolled in classes at Jacksonville State University, you can access the Library's electronic resources from your home computer.
Access is granted through an authentication application called EZproxy. It is very easy to use, and it allows our users to access our resources from any browser (Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, etc.) or service provider (AOL, Mindspring, etc.).
Access is granted through the same credentials you use for MyJSU. When you select any of our electronic resources, databases or journals, you will be routed to MyJSU.
It is important to note that users will still be verified through the Library's system, so if there is a problem with your record in the Library’s System, you will be prompted to contact us at 256.782.5758 or 1-800-231-5291.
Although most databases do include some records for books in their indexes, primarily they are used to search for articles and other content published in periodicals; e.g, journals, magazines, and newspapers. These would be "partial" items (as opposed to "whole " items such as books or entire magazines or journals) and would include such things as scholarly, peer-reviewed journal articles, newspaper articles, reviews, book reviews, interviews.
For lists of databases covering literary topics, redirect to
Language and Literature: Electronic Databases by Subject
Sometimes it is better to do a multi-database search by vendor, especially if the topic researched is obscure and not likely to have had much written about it.
See right pane on this page for information regarding database and Discovery searching.
Things to Note
Search boxes (Advanced Search)
Left column: search terms & Boolean operators
NOTE: An asterisk (*) at the end of a search term searches variants on that term (utopian, utopias, utopian, etc.) and will expand search results. Equivalent terms (synonyms) should be either searched individually or nested in a single search box.
(syn1 OR syn2 OR syn3)
Right column (field boxes)
Center Pane (harvested results list)
HTML Fll Text, PDF Full Text = text of the item is accessible within the database; Full Text Finder = full text must be sought outside the database and may entail multiple clicks
Clicking on Full Text link brings up full text; clicking on hi-lited title leads to full text but also brings up other information, such as article abstract
Relevance matching trifecta:
Searchbox terms found in record title = +1
Searchbox terms found in subjects = +1; boldface =+1+
Searchbox terms found in abstract = +1; boldface = +1+
Once full text of article is visible, right pane displays citation and text-retention options (print, e-mail, save)
Folder consolidates research sources and may be e-mailed
Left Pane (expands or limits results)
Once full item record is surfaced (click on hi-lited title), tools options are featured in right pane
Discovery Search (GEM Finder)
Best when used to search obscure topics about which little is likely to have been published or the area of concentration for such sources is unknown (use Filter by Database limiter in left pane)
Discovery = academic equivalent of Google
NOTE: The interdisciplinary nature of contemporary research often makes the approach taken to the subject being researched as or even more important than the subject itself. If an author or work is being researched from an ethnic, gender, or sociological approach (such as child labor), then the LibGuides and databases for sociology should be consulted as well as those for literature. A good way to assess the "splay" of resources for a multi-disciplinary research project is to search Discovery Gem Finder for the narrowed topic and, once the initial results list is harvested, view the source distribution through the Filter by Database in the left pane.
Levels of electronic database searching
Electronic databases may be searched on three levels:
Advantages of searching a native (single) database
Disadvantages of searching a native database
Advantages of simul-searching multiple databases by provider
Disadvantages of simul-searching multiple databases by provider
Advantages of Gemfinder Discovery Search
Disadvantages of Gemfinder Discovery Search