Access the library's free databases on campus or off campus. Select a subject specific database to begin your search. Below are some suggested databases, though these are by no means the only ones the library owns. When accessing from off campus, you will need to enter your MEID and password. Reference databases (like Gale Virtual Reference below) are excellent places to start for an overview or general background information on a topic.
Most databases allow you to email yourself a copy of the article and also provide guidance on citations. Databases include scholarly articles that you will not find for free on the Internet. The information contained in databases has been through an editorial review process whereas free websites are not held to as high a standard.
If you need help finding an article... Ask a Librarian!
The One Search feature allows you to search multiple databases at once. Be aware that using One Search will likely bring up thousands of results. You can limit the number of results by limiting your search to scholarly, reference, magazine, or news articles. Clicking on your search results will link you to the individual database in which the article is found.
These database resources are provided at no cost through the Arizona State Library and include databases focused on reference, literature/ language, science/ technology, social studies, and testing/ career explorations.
From the Phoenix Public Library:
Phoenix and other Maricopa County residents can now get immediate 24/7 access to Phoenix Public Library's online services, including:
Complete the online application to get your eCard number now. If you already have a Phoenix Public Library card, you do not need an eCard. Your current library card number can be used to access online resources and place holds.
If you would like to check out physical materials from Phoenix Public Library, simply go to nearest branch with a photo ID and present your eCard number to a staff member to be issued a library card with checkout privileges. If you have any problems getting an eCard with this form, please visit your nearest branch with a photo ID to obtain a library card.
Link to sign up for ecard access: https://www.phoenixpubliclibrary.org/ServicesForYou/Borrowing-Items/pages/Online-Registration.aspx.
Once you have your e-card registered with your log-in info, you can start utilizing the databases here:
There are a variety of database resources through Phoenix e-card; here are a few recommendations:
A good place to start when researching is a subject-specific encyclopedia. The entries will provide a strong overview of the topic. Gale Virtual Reference is an excellent resource.
Gale - Virtual Reference
Gale Virtual Reference Library is a database of encyclopedias, almanacs, and specialized reference sources for multidisciplinary research, available 24/7.
For literature research try Literature Resource Center:
Literature Resource Center
Provides access to bibliographical and biographical information, literary criticism, and contextual information covering more than 90,000 novelists, poets, essayists, journalists, and other writers.
For argumentative/ persuasive research, try Opposing Viewpoints in Context.
Opposing Viewpoints In Context
An online library of current event topics--facts and arguments for and against each topic.
For general research articles (journals, magazines, scholarly articles) try Academic OneFile:
Academic OneFile - Article Search
Articles and abstracts from scholarly, trade and general-interest periodicals in current events, science, social science, art, and the humanities.
Available to Glendale-resident teachers or teachers who teach in Glendale (similar to teacher cards). Qualifying teachers get a classroom “set” of digital card numbers for use by their students. These barcodes are for digital access only and expire at the end of the school year.
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