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ENG152: Database Searching: Finding Articles & More

Off-Campus Access to Databases

To access any database in this Research Guide from off campus, you will need your myMCC login.

General Article & eBook Databases

Use our library databases to find full-text articles and eBooks covering a wide range of topics. The databases listed here are a good place to start!

Search Strategies

Try these database search strategies to find relevant information efficiently.

Boolean Operators: AND, OR, NOT

  • AND: for combining unrelated search terms (standardized tests AND anxiety)
  • OR: for searching similar words (standardized tests OR SAT)
  • NOT: for eliminating results (standardized tests NOT college students)

Phrase Searching

  • Use quotation marks to search words as a complete phrase, like “standardized tests”


  • Don't search with a question like you might when you use Google. Remember to use specific keywords in the databases. Use the Subject Terms tool in a database like Academic Search Complete to help you identify those specific keywords.
  • Use 2-3 keywords at a time


  • Full Text
  • Peer reviewed
  • Date Range
  • Format types (academic journal, newspaper, magazine, opinion, etc.)

Search Multiple Databases at Once

  • Search all EBSCO databases at once: go to EBSCO Databases and click the Select All checkbox.
  • Search all Gale databases at once: go to Gale Power Search.