Where do I start?
You will use a library database to search for articles from journals, magazines, and newspapers.
The Library subscribes to many databases, however, you can start by searching a general topic database. General topic databases cover many subject areas.
It is very important to know how to search a database in order to find articles.
Examples of what you would type into a database search box:
Kate Chopin AND "Story of an Hour"
"capital punishment" OR "death penalty"
mustang AND horse NOT automobile
What other databases are available?
The Online Databases page is essentially a list of all of the databases provided by PCC Library and NC LIVE. You can view the databases alphabetically by title, by subject, or by type.
Can I use the online databases from home?
When using the Library's online databases off campus, you will be prompted to enter your myPittCC username and password. Links to databases requiring you to log in will be indicated by an image of a blue paw print.
What about articles on the Internet?
There are ways to search for scholarly articles on the Internet.
Here are some options:
If you find an article that is not available for free, or does not include the full text of the article, ask a librarian to help you order the article from another library.
What about PRINT journals, magazines, and newspapers in the Library?
To find out if the library carries a print subscription to a particular journal, magazine, or newspaper, use the library catalog to perform a periodical title search:
1. Open the library catalog.
2. Type the title of a journal, magazine, or newspaper in the search box.
3. Choose "periodical title" from the drop-down menu.
4. Click the Search button.