Drain-Jordan Library, West Virginia State University Database List Page
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help: DATABASES

FAQs

How do I access the databases from off-campus?

Not all databases are available from off-campus. For those that are available, just select the link as you would from campus and enter your Patron ID. (Two Exceptions: CQ Researcher and Criminal Justice Periodicals; select their off-campus link.)

What is my Patron ID?

Your patron ID is the library barcode number on the back of your University ID, it begins with a 21.

What if the article I want is not full-text?

If you have found an article that you want, but the database you are using does not have it available in full text, you can check to see if it is available in another database or if the library has it in another format (print, microform, e-journal, etc): From the library pages top menu bar, under the Research Tools drop down, select Journals By Title, when the new page comes up click on the icon for Journal Finder logo.

If the magazine/journal title is not listed there, you can place an interlibrary loan using the Periodical form and we will borrow it from another library.

For additional help, please ask at the Reference Desk in person or by phone 304-766-3135. Email and text contact is also available.