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Library Resources for Distance Education

A brief guide to library resources and tools for NMSU's distance students.

NMSU Library Databases

Before searching for articles and/or using the Library's databases, we recommend you set up a VPN so that you can have seamless access to all of the Library's resources.  

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.  Search by the name of the Journal.

2. If it is not available electronically, check to see if it is available in print. 

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