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Library "How do I...?"

Welcome to TCC Library "How Do I...?"

Find the information you need. Get your questions answered here.

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Search article databases directly

1. Start with databases 

From the Library's home page, go to Research Databases, or use the link below.

Link to library's research databases

2. The Library has many databases.

Some contain information about many topics and disciplines. Some focus on specific disciplines. Each database listed on the Research Databases page comes with a brief description.

3. Tips on searching:

Use the same strategies for searching all databases, just as you did with SuperSearch.

  • Enter search terms
  • Interpret results
  • Narrow results by using the database’s filters
  • Access full-text articles
  • Modify your search, if needed.

Here are a few commonly used and recommended databases below:

Find articles in Super Search

Super Search on the Library's homepage searches across all library resources at once, including articles. Here's a basic explanation of how to search for and find articles using this search tool.

1. Go to SuperSearch

SuperSearch is located on the Library's homepage.


2. Enter your keywords into the search box and select the search button.

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3.Select an article type 

On the left side of the screen, look for the “Content-Type” section and select the format you’re interested in such as "Journal articles" or "Magazine articles."

Narrowing search to articles in super search

4. Look through the results 

You'll now have a list of results with articles focused on your search terms. Follow the "Full text" links to access the full articles for reading online, printing, or emailing to yourself.

accessing articles in super search

Find pro/con articles in library databases

Finding Pro/Con Articles in the Library's Databases

Pro/Con articles provide different perspectives and opinions on current and often controversial issues. Newspapers, for example, are a great place to find pro/con views through opinion-type articles such as editorials, columns, or letters to the editor. Databases like Proquest and New York Times provide these types of newspaper articles. 

Also, some databases, like Points of View Reference Center and CQ Researcher explore current issues and include differing pro/con stances.

Try searching these databases below:

Library "How do I?" credits

The TCC Library "How do I?" guide is adapted from the Library DIY project created by Meredith Farkas, Amy Hofer, Lisa Molinelli and Kimberly Willson-St. Clair at Portland State University Library. Several Library "How Do I?" pages are adapted from pages within the Portland Community College Library "How do I" project, as well as the Oregon State University Libraries' Library DIY project.

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