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Gale/Cengage Databases Quick Guide


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This short guide shows you how to use the Coos County Libraries' electronic databases provided by Gale to access literally thousands of magazines, newspaper, and journal articles. The guide walks you through how to access, browse, and search the databases to find articles and publications of interest.

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Gale/Cengage Databases Quick Guide

  1. 1. GALE/CENGAGE DATABASES Quick Guide Magazines, Newspapers, and Reference books Mostly full text articles, with pictures On the Internet, go to Coastline at and click on the “Electronic Resources” tab above the Catalog Quick Search area. In the Gale Databases list, click on a database such as InfoTrac OneFile, Health & Wellness Resource Center, Academic OneFile, Kids InfoBits, InfoTrac Junior or Senior edition, or Informe (en español). Please note that the instructions below apply primarily to the magazine and newspaper article databases. Databases with information from reference books or designed for kids, students, or nurses have different formats. If getting into GALE/CENGAGE from outside a library, when prompted for “Patron ID,” type in the 14-digit barcode number (no spaces) from your Coastline library card, then click on “Proceed.” BROWSE PUBLICATIONS If you want to know whether a database contains a specific title, click on the “Browse Publications” tab. On the “Find Title” line, type the first part of the title of the publication, then click “Go.” Click on the title to see the years indexed (citation with perhaps a short summary) and years available in full text.
  2. 2. SEARCH If you are not on the page with “Dashboard” and “Search the site” box headings, click on the Home tab. The databases can be searched either by keywords or by subjects that have been chosen to describe the article. To search by keyword, in the Find line, type keywords for your topic, click on the bullet next to the word “keyword,” then click the Search button. You can put double quotemarks around a phrase, as in the example shown above. Advanced Search is also available by clicking on the “Advanced Search” tab. You can also expand your search for broader results. On the search line on the Home page for the database, after typing in your search words, click on the circle next to “Entire document” below the line, then click on Go. This broadens the search compared with “keyword” search, which just searches the title, author, subjects, and summary of the article, or compared with a subject search, which just searches subjects assigned to an article. You can focus your search with a subject search, which just searches subjects assigned to an article. Type your subject in the Find line then click on the circle next to “Subject” below the Find line, and click Search.
  3. 3. To browse subject headings, click on the Browse Subjects tab, then type in a subject. In the list of subject terms, if there is a tiny + (plus) sign to the left of your subject, click on it to see more specific subjects related to your topic. When you’ve clicked on a subject, the search results will show magazine articles in order by most recently published on top. You can click on a tab above the results also to choose academic journal articles, newspaper articles, multimedia, and more. You can also limit your search for more specific results by choosing options in the Refine Results box.
  4. 4. ARTICLES At the bottom of each entry in the results list, Full text, PDF, Citation, or Abstract may be shown. Full text has the text of the article, but PDF is preferred if available because it is exactly like the entire published article with pictures, tables, etc. A citation is only the basic information useful for finding the article in a magazine in the library or through interlibrary loan. Abstract has a citation plus a short summary of the article. PRINTING You can print 6 pages free in the North Bend Library from GALE/CENGAGE. CHANGE DATABASES To move from one database to another without having to enter your barcode number again, click on the Change Databases tab at the very top of the web page. DZ/BN 3/31/10