Guide to Library Research
Mary Livermore Library
Unit 4: Searching for Resources


In this unit you will learn to use the basic functions of the article database Academic Search Premier, and to retrieve full-text articles using Journal Finder and to limit or expand your searches using alternate keywords and hyperlinked subject headings.


stop Academic Search Premier (as well as other electronic databases subscribed to by the Library) are not webpages. Electronic databases contain important news and research articles in electronic format.


What is Academic Search Premier?
Academic Search Premier is an article database that indexes articles over 8,000 periodicals, including newspapers such as The New York Times, magazines such as Time and Newsweek, and scholarly journals such as American Journal of Sociology or the Journal of Education. Some article databases such as Social Work Abstracts are subject specific, but Academic Search Premier is a general database; thus, you can use it for research in history, music, sociology, math, and many other fields.

This database contains the full text of some articles; thus, you can read the article on the screen. In other cases, it contains only a citation—that is, identifying information you can use to find a hard copy of the article. Although you can use the Internet to gain access to a database, searching a database is not the same as searching the Internet, where much of the information you might find is academically questionable. Databases contain published information from reputable sources, including peer-reviewed/refereed journals, which are the type of sources that your instructors are more likely to approve.


Accessing Academic Search Premier
To access Academic Search Premier, go to the Library’s homepage at Click Electronic Resources. Click Database Title.  Click the letter “A,” and you will see a list of databases. Click Academic Search Premier.


Off-campus access requires a library Personal Identification Number (PIN). More information concerning PINs is available at


video Click here to watch a video showing how to access databases from off-campus .