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International Students: Databases/Reference/Articles

This guide is designed to introduce international students to the resources and services of Austin Community College Libraries.

Library Databases

Database: a collection of data organized to be searched by a computer.  Some of the library databases contain articles from newspapers, magazines, and journals.  

Others provide information from reference works such as dictionaries, encyclopedias, and more.

You may use any of the databases from home.  You will need to submit your ACCeID and password to gain access.

There are many more databases than those presented here.  Librarians can help you find specific ones for your research.

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Reference Works: Print Books and Ebooks in Online Databases

Generally, the category of works we call "reference" includes atlases, almanacs, bibliographies, dictionaries, directories, encyclopedias, guidebooks, handbooks, indexes, manuals, yearbooks—materials we "refer" to rather than read entirely. Go to these for definitions, codes, standards, and topic overviews or background information.

ACC Libraries have many databases with reference or background information. If you're not sure where to start, or if you want help searching, ask a reference librarian.

Most of these databases will create citations for you, but be sure to check a citation guide.  Sometimes the punctuation or capitalization may be incorrect in computer-generated citations.

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Reference Databases

These are often used for research asssignments.  There are others.  Ask a librarian for suggestions.

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Articles in Magazines and Journals

Here are two EBSCOhost databases often used for finding magazine and journal articles.  Choose Languages to search in a language other than English to use.  There are more databases for magazine and journal articles.  Librarians can help you select others.


Click English or Languages to search in a language other than English.

All ACC faculty, students and staff now have full access to and NYT apps, courtesy of ACC Libraries.  Instructions for claiming your Academic Pass to activate your account can be found here.  

All ACC faculty, students and staff now have full access to and WSJ apps, courtesy of ACC libraries. Click here for digital access instructions.


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