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Introduction to Databases  

A beginner's guide to using and searching Cressman Library's databases
Last Updated: Aug 30, 2017 URL: Print Guide

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Library databases and full-text articles may be accessed from off campus.


Follow the directions below:


1)  select the resource you want to use from a LibGuide or the library website


2)  on the “EZproxy” login screen


3)  enter your campus network login credentials


NOTE: Your EZproxy login is the same as your Campus Network login; also, your Email login and your Canvas login--without the It is NOT your My CedarCrest login.


If you encounter a problem or need assistance with research questions, contact Cressman Library Information Services at 610-606-4666 (ext: 3536).


What is a Database?

A database is essentially the online electronic catalog of the library's holdings as well as the access point to published works.  The library databases provide access to resources on a wide array of topics and genres. 

Databases are searchable.

Article databases enable you to search through different print resources to find articles on a particular topic.  Some articles will be in the Full Text  format, meaning you are able to read, save, or print out the article immediately.  Other articles will only have an abstract (summary) or a citation (basic information about an article) meaning you will have to locate the article in print in the library's holdings or Interlibrary Loan.

Reference databases enable you to search reference information such as statistics, facts, and background information from different print resources.  These databases are more subject specific and usually only cover one genre.  For example, our Encyclopedia page leads you to some of our reference databases.


Databases are usually NOT internet resources!  The articles that you find using them usually come from print resources!


You must log in (EZ Proxy) if you're off campus to use the databases!  This is because these databases are subscription services paid for by Cedar Crest, and not just anyone can have access to them.

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