Landman Library

Using the Library Databases and Catalog

Library Databases & the Library Catalog

You may already be familiar with library databases like EBSCO Academic Search Premier or JSTOR, or you may have never used one before. The search screen for a library database may look more complex than Google.

Screen capture showing the advanced search function of the Academic Search Ultimate database. 

database is similar to a search engine because you can use keywords to find relevant results. However, while a search engine scans the World Wide Web, a database stores a specific set of information or sources that can be either freely available or subscription-based

Library databases also work a bit differently than search engines. Keywords can help, but the keywords you use and the limiters you select to narrow your results may take a little more time and practice.   

Access to these databases usually costs a subscription fee of thousands of dollars, but you should never pay for articles while at Arcadia. Part of your tuition goes to the library and a subscription to these databases for all Arcadia University students, faculty, and staff. You can check out a comprehensive list of all the databases on the library website.

These short videos (about 3 minutes) will introduce you to ways to efficiently search the library's databases and catalog. 

Common Features of Library Databases


Landman Library's Catalog

Landman Library's catalog allows you to search for books, videos, and other materials. It uses a platform called Koha. 

Database text adapted from Maria Accardi & Tessa Withorn's Canvas module Access & Use.  Video courtesy of Jane Bomkamp.  CC-BY-SA.