Database Help

Which Database Should I Use?

This is a question students frequently ask. Depending how much time you have here are two different options.

Quick Search

Try Omnifile Full Text Select, (formerly known as Wilson Select Plus or WSP). This database is all full text, no matter what you type into a search box you will find something to read.

Full Search

Try using these databases individually with subject headings:

I Have a Citation, But I Don't Know Which Database to Use

The Library's Find A Journal feature (sometimes called Journal Finder) is the right tool to use for identifying an appropriate database. Check to see that the database you selected has the correct date range. Find a Journal will also tell you if the Library has a print copy.

Front Page Search Box

When you use the front page search box (select the Find Articles radio button) you are keyword searching five databases at once:

Error Messages

Occassionally we are unable to login to a database from home, the following are common problems and possible solutions.

System Problem

If you are trying to login to an EBSCOHost database from home and get this error message:

“A system problem has occurred. To begin a new session, please login again.”

  1. Try another browser
  2. Clear ALL cookies
  3. Make sure JavaScript has not been disabled
    • Firefox: Tools > Options > Content > Enable JavaScript
    • Safari: Edit > Preferences > Security > Enable JavaScript
    • IE7: see this eHow Tech page

ERROR. Your barcode is not valid

This error message appears if you accidentally type in the wrong number (check the 14 digit bar code on the back of your ID card and try again), or your:

  • Library card has expired (call 212-875-4455 for assistance)
  • Status has changed to alumni.


Personal Sign-On

If you have a MyEBSCOhost account it's possible to sign in with your own personal account details (user name and password). From home you will be asked for your 14 digit library barcode before you can sign in.