(I’ve Got the) Database Blues


Judging by the number of emails I’ve received in the past week, it appears many of you are engaged in a research project of one sort or another but are still having a difficult time finding the academic databases that we have available for student use.

So here’s a quick reminder of where you can find them, as well as a quick overview of how to access them when you are not on campus.

The databases can be found on the GCDS Library web page. To find them, you can either:

  • Go to http://www.gcds.net/page.cfm?p=2052
  • Google “GCDS Library”
  • Go to the main GCDS website and then navigate to Academics > Library
  • Go here.


Once you are there, you will immediately notice that there are lots of databases that you can use.

Which one is the best for your project?

Well, if you’re preparing for Mr. Spencer’s early American history debate, then you might want to use American History Online, or U.S. History in Context. If, on the other hand, you are working on your hybrid animal project, you may want to check out science resources, such as Today’s Science, Science in Context, or Science Online.


What if you’re not on campus?

If you are not at GCDS, you will need to login to the databases in order to use them. Here’s how to do that (TIP: THIS IS IMPORTANT – PAY ATTENTION) 

1. From the Library webpage, click on Library Off-Campus Login for Database Pwds, which is found in the sidebar on the left of the screen.

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2. Log in to the GCDS page by putting in your GCDS username and password (Whatever you use to login to your laptop computer)

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3. The Library page should refresh, only this time, you’ll see the usernames and passwords for all of the databases listed underneath! MAGIC!

Wanna see it in action? Here it is:


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