A searchable electronic index of journal articles, magazine and newspaper articles, conference proceedings, technical and government reports, ebooks, and multimedia. We provide access to 300+ databases in different subject areas to support your research.
They are designed to search across thousands of articles and reports at once, scanning the full text of documents for your search terms.
Use databases when:
They will likely contain relevant content for almost every research topic here at NPS.
Learn more about phrase, truncating, and wildcard searching. Includes cheat sheet for a variety of library research databases.
Like the Library Search, our databases have powerful filters to refine your search. The filters themselves will vary, but the concept is pretty much the same. You'll generally find these types of filters. Example:
Be careful not to refine your search to early and too much. You may be excluding useful items. However, depending on your research, you may wish to exclude Newspapers immediately, if they don't pertain.
Often, databases will provide a list of linked related items or subject terms. Also look for a list of references. You my find highly relevant sources there.
Sometimes you'll see a document you want, but the full text isn't there. If you click the orange Get it@NPS button, it will check to see if we have the full text in another database, or if you can request the item.
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