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Database Help: Tips and Tricks

This guide provides help for using the library's databases.

Logging in for Remote Access

When doing research from a non-ECU computer, if prompted, enter your ECU username and password (the one that you use for Blackboard and myECU).

Don't know your ECU username and password?

  • Click here, enter your SSN & birthdate
  • Your username and password will display on the screen

Improving Your Search Results in EBSCO Discovery Service

Improving Your Search Results in EBSCO Discovery Service

Gale Primary Sources Tutorial

NewsBank Tutorial

Searching for Articles in NewsBank

Search Tools

Search Tools

Database Icons

Database Icons

If you see ILL Button in your search results, you will need to order the full-text of the article via interlibrary loan.

  • Simply click the ILL Button button, enter your name and 6-digit ECU ID#, then click the submit button.
  • Most article requests will be emailed.
  • Book requests will need to be picked up in the library or central locations at the distance sites. 

If you see Catalog Buttonin your search results, the library has holdings for that particular journal.

  • Simply click the Catalog Buttonbutton and verify that the library owns the exact issue that you need. 
  • If the library owns the issue, you'll need to come to the library to make a copy. 
  • For distance sites, simply fill out the Document Delivery form, then click the submit button.  The article will be sent to the distance site via courier. 
  • If the library does not own that issue, fill out the ILL form, enter the necessary information, then click the submit button.