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General Education: Databases

Purdue OWL

Need help citing your resources? Don't know how to do an in-text citation? Try using the Online Writing Lab (OWL) provided by Purdue University.

Or try NC State's Citation Builder if you need a time-saving tool to help you cite your sources.

Interlibrary Loans (Articles)

Can't Find the Article You Need?

Maybe we can find it for you using interlibrary loans (ILL). Send us a request using the "Ask a Question" link, and we can borrow the book from another library (if available). ILLs will be charged to your department, $10 per completed request.

Searching Made SImple: What is a Database?

Searching Made Simple: What is Peer Review?

Searching Made Simple: Avoiding Accidental Plagiarism

"Full text from OVID"

When searching for an article in CINAHL, you may come across an icon that looks like this:

An icon that says "Full text from OVID".

If you click on that link in hopes to find the article you so desperately want, you'll probably run into a login screen that you can't get around. Grr! So frustrating! But don't lose hope, dear student. Try getting the article by going directly to the OVID database itself.

"That's great!" you say. "How do I do that?"

From the ADL home screen, most likely a link or two under the CINAHL link, you'll see a link called "MEDLINE 1946-present." That's the OVID database. (I know it doesn't make sense, just go with it.) 


And just in case that wasn't a big enough pain in the rear end, there's one more thing you need to do. When you're in the OVID database, if you are looking for a specific title, make sure you check the "Title" option and uncheck the "Map Term to Subject Heading" box. Like this:

If, however, you're still super confused, you can always ask your friendly neighborhood librarian for help. Use the "Ask a Question" link on the ADL or on this guide and someone will get back to you as soon as possible.

(Just remember that we don't work on the weekends so we won't get back to you until Monday morning if you ask us a question on Friday after 5:00 p.m. Librarians need a break too!)

Good luck, and happy searching!

--Your Friendly Neighborhood Librarian