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What?
Students and faculty have access to over 250 online databases on a broad range of subjects. Most of the databases are available from home as well as on campus.


Activate Your Library Account:
To search the databases from home, all you need is your LIU username and password (the same ones that you use for your MyLIU and email accounts). New students should bring their LIU I.D. card to the Circulation Desk in the Library to activate their account. Don't forget to renew your account each fall (and in the summer if you take classes). Faculty must renew annually.


To access the databases from home:

  1. Go to the library homepage.

  2. Click on Online Databases

  3. Choose a topic from the subject list. If you know the specific database, click on the alphabetic list

  4. Select a database; only those marked "Remote Access" are available from home

  5. When the window opens, enter your username and password.


Keep in Mind:

Not all databases are created equal!

  • While most library databases provide access to articles in magazines, journals, and newspapers, some provide very different information such as country overviews or financial data

  • Some databases provide more popular information vs scholarly information, and vice versa

  • Some databases provide many full-text articles, while others provide only some full-text, and still others provide no full-text information, only citations

  • If you have any questions please do not hesitate to ask a librarian!


Having Technical Problems?

If you have problems accessing the databases, consider:

  • Is your account up-to-date?

  • Do you have a firewall on your computer?

  • Are Cookies disabled on your computer?

  • Are you using AOL as your browser? (some databases work better with Internet Explorer)

  • Are you using pop-up blocker software?

If you are still having problems:


Time-Saving Tools

  • LIU Libraries Online, Print, Microform, Periodicals (Ebsco A-to-Z) : Some databases contain citations to articles but not the full text. This page will let you know if another database contains the full text of the particular journal, magazine, or newspaper that you need. For publications not available online, it will also provide links to our holdings lists of print and microform periodicals.



Revised September 2013

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