When you click on a database link on campus, you will go directly to the database. When you click from off-campus, you will be prompted to log-in. The log-in screen for our library looks like this. (NOTE: this is just an illustration)
Databases frequently provide full-text for many articles but in some cases the full text is not available.
In order to get an article that is not available online in full text you can request the article by submitting an Interlibrary Loan Article Request Form. A link to the form is frequently included beneath the citation in the list of article results. A link to the form can also be found on the library website under Quick Links.
Databases are the best way to find quality articles. We subscribe to databases on almost every topic.
Theses and Disseratations are written by other students, so are not considered an authoritative source. However, it's useful to browse one. to note the organization of the work and glean ideas from the concepts presented. Ask your instructor if a particular thesis or dissertation would be a reliable source. If nothing else, you can borrow from the author's work cited list.