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ENGL 111 : Rhetoric and Composition

An introduction to the library's resources for students enrolled in ENGL111.

NMSU Library Databases

What are Library Databases?

The databases are online indexes to the contents of journals, magazines, and newspapers. They are what you'd use to find articles on a particular topic.  The NMSU Library has access to nearly 150 different databases, many of which are subject-specific.  However, there are many that are very useful for basic research needs. 

Which Database Should I Choose?

The following databases would be a good to get to know as you work on your research for this class.  Remember, every database has a specific purpose.  If you aren't finding what you are looking for, you might want to try another database.  Or, feel free to ask us!

 

I have a citation (or, I know exactly what article I want).  How do I find the article?

1. See if NMSU has access to it electronically.

2. If is is not available in print, order it via Interlibrary Loan.

Using Google Scholar

Many researchers are finding it handy to use Google Scholar to find references to journal citations. The steps outlined below describe how researchers at NMSU can customize Google Scholar to facilitate exporting the citations to EndNoteWeb.

First, about Google Scholar:

  • Allows one to search the FULL TEXT of journal articles from thousands of publishers. (The list of publishers that have allowed Google to search behind their firewalls has not been revealed).
  • You can configure the settings to link to articles for which NMSU Library holds a subscription
  • Many of the records are just links to citations not to the actual article; you will not be able to download these citations
  • Read more about Google Scholar: Comparison of Google Scholar, Web of Science, Scopus  

Setting the preferences is necessary when using a computer with an off-campus IP address. This will let you use the New Mexico State University Library Full-Text @ NMSU links for citations as well as export the citations to EndNote Basic.

  • Go to Google Scholar: https://scholar.google.com
  • Click on Settings:

  • For compatibility with EndNote Basic:
    • Under Bibliography Manager, select Show links to Import citations into EndNote.

  • In the Library Links, search for New Mexico State University. Then choose
    • ​​New Mexico State University-Full-Text@NMSU
    • Open WorldCat-Library Search