This description is geared toward my online ENG 1001 students but can be used by ENG 0900, ENG 1002, and Literature courses, when relevant.
Logging into the Library Databases from Home
- Navigate to the IVCC homepage.
- Below the “IVCC Students” column, click on “Library”.
- Click the icon that says Academic Search Complete.
- It’ll redirect you to a log in screen, you’ll enter 24611 + your student number + 01, and then enter your last name. Note: your Blackboard password is your students number.
- You will then have access to research.
- Log in again if your computer remains idle for a long period of time or you navigate away from the library page.
- NOTE: if it’s still not working, try a different web browser (Chrome instead of Firefox or Firefox instead of Internet Explorer) and make sure your computer is allowing “pop-ups” from the IVCC website. And sometimes your High School firewall is the problem, see if it works at home and notify me if this seems to be the problem.
How to Effectively Search the Library Database
- Type in a search term in the search box AND BEFORE CLICKING “Search.”
- Under “Search Options” and “Limit Your Result,” click the “Full Text” and “Scholarly (Peer-Reviewed) Articles” boxes.
- Now click “Search.”
- Be sure to repeat step #2 every time you start a new search
Saving Articles for Later
- You CANNOT copy/paste the url address link and email it to yourself for later. It will not work because the library database is not like a Google search (it’s a paid subscription that is always changing).
- You have two options to save an article:
- click on the article title from the search screen, look to the right-hand side of the screen and choose either “email” or “permalink.” Email will ask for your email and will then email you a usable link to the article; Permalink will give you a permanent link that you can then use for later;
- if there is an option for the PDF file, click that link, look to the right-hand side of the screen and choose either “email” or “permalink.” As before, Email will ask for your email and will then email you a usable link to the article; Permalink will give you a permanent link that you can then use for later
- You can always print articles (highly recommended once you begin researching for this and other classes) so you can highlight/underline quotes you’d like to use in your paper.