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About Databases: Databases

What is a database? How do I find the databases? How do I use the databases to search for articles?

Database Tutorials by Vendor

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Digital Media Tutorials


Facts on File





Other Databases




Database Facts:

What are Databases?

  • Databases are collections of articles from journals and magazines.
  • You can access thousands of articles (general or scholarly).
  • SPC Libraries subscribe to over 50 databases!
  • Databases are accessible through the Finding Articles section of the library web site.
  • In order to access our databases you must be enrolled in a class within the current semester.
  • You can access databases off-campus. You will  need to provide your Borrower ID (Student Number)  and PIN (last 4-digits of your Social Security Number). If you receive an error please contact a librarian.
  • There are some databases/ e-journals, mainly in the Health and Medicine field, that require a unique username and password. Please ask a reference librarian if you need to access one of these databases/e-journals.
  • When using most style formats, (e.g., MLA, APA), you will need to cite an article from a database differently than an article from a print publication.
  • Most databases will feature definitions, tips, and search suggestions.  These will often be accessible through a HELP link at the top of a database's webpage.

Database Login

Need More Help?

For additional assistance, consult your campus librarian at one of the following libraries:

St. Pete/ Gibbs: 341-7177

Clearwater: 791-2411

Health Education: 341-3775

Tarpon Springs: 712-5719

Allstate: 341-4486

Seminole: 394-6905

Downtown: 341-7199



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