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Accessing the Shawnee College Databases from Off-campus

Part I: Getting There

  1. Go to the Shawnee College webpage at
  2. Click on the Library link, at the top of the page. Or, you may go to the library directly at
  3. From the library page, go to the navigation bar on the left and choose Off Campus Research.
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  4. You'll see the log-in page. Study the example and then click on the link below the example, which says Continue on to Databases. Fill out the form with the username and password for the current semester. You can get those from your instructor or the library staff. Be sure to use SCC and the backslash like this: \ in front of the username.
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  5. Now you are there! You should see a screen like this:
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Part 2: Going Somewhere

  1. Books and audiovisual materials: To search for print books and for DVDs, CDs, and videocassettes, click on the link that says Shawnee Library Catalog. The link for eBooks (NetLibrary) is right below the link for the catalog.
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  2. Articles. Start with the heading that says Find Articles and More. Under that, click the link for Magazines, Journals, Primary Sources, and Online Databases.
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    SCC has several databases (electronic collections of articles from magazines and journals). Each one has a descriptive paragraph that tells you about the topics covered. Read the descriptive paragraphs and choose a database that sounds likely. Click on the name of the database to open it. (We recommend starting with CQ Reseacher and Academic Search Premier as general information databases.) Note that EbscoHost has many databases within it. Open EBSCOhost, click on then choose from that list. When you've selected the database you want, enter your search terms and start searching!
  3. Read the descriptive paragraphs to decide which database you want to use, then click on the heading of the database. Enter your search terms, and look for full-text articles.
  4. Some good databases for history research are FactsOnFile History and the HarpWeek site (a prominent newspaper, given here from 1857-1912).

For More Information Contact:
Tracey Johnson - SCC Librarian
at 1-800-481-2242 ext. 3271 or e-mail

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