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Dual Enrollment Students: Guide to Library Resources & Services: Library Resources

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Library Catalog Search Tips

Library Catalog Search Tips
Type in only the words most important to your topic. 

  • Use AND between each new idea.

    egypt AND art

  • Use quotation marks around two or more words you want together.

    "cave paintings"
  • Use the asterisk to find multiple endings of a word (e.g., activis* would include activist, activists and activism).

    activis* AND art

Note: the Library Catalog does not search the full-text of books.  It looks at the title, author, subject headings, publisher & table of contents.

Off Campus Access to Library Resources

You can use these library resources from off campus.

When you select one of the database links, you will be prompted to log in.  Use your MyNOVA username and password.  If you're not sure what yours are, you can look them up using the link below.

If you get an error message ("internal error") when attempting to use these library databases from off campus, go to the website below and follow the instructions there to "Create Account."

Find Magazine, Journal, Newspaper Articles

             newspaper   journals 

NOVA Libraries subscribes to collections of magazines, journals and newspapers through online databases.  The three databases listed below (first three links) are useful for finding information on many topics.  

To use these databases from off campus, when you click on the link you will be prompted to log in.  Use your MyNOVA/Blackboard username and password.  If you are not sure what yours are, you can look them up here.

Article Database Search Tips

Article Database Search Tips
Select the most important 2-4 words related to your topic. Since magazine, journal and newspaper articles are very focused, the words you select and use must also be specific and focused.

  • Put the word AND between each new word or idea.

egypt AND sculpture AND technique

  • Use quotation marks ( "  " ) around phrases (two or more words); this tells the database to look for the words together, as a phrase.

"dancing girl" AND harappa AND culture

  • Use the asterisk (*) to truncate a word; this tells the database to look for all words that have the same base.  In the example below, search results would include paint, painting, painter, etc...

cave AND spain AND paint*