A - Z Database Search Instructions
NOTE: For printable instructional brochures and online tutorials on using our databases, click on Brochures and Tutorial tab above.
Use the A-Z tabs above ↑ to locate the database you want by letter. You will get ALL databases beginning with that letter, including article AND book databases.
You can also choose to search databases one at a time. Simply pick a SINGLE database from the annotated A - Z list to the right and click on its blue, highlighted name. Once in that database, type your search terms in the search box provided. →
Off campus access is limited to current BCC students, faculty and staff. To access databases from home, please follow the authentication prompts given once you click on the blue highlighted title of the database you are interested in. The exception to authentication are any of the Thomson Gale Databases provided by the Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC). The MBLC provides these databases to citizens of the Commonwealth. These are set up to be geo-recognized within the State of Massachusetts. All other databases, including EbscoHost, LexisNexis, Ovid, etc. are licensed for use only by current students, faculty and staff. Licensed databases may be accessed only through authentication.
Authentication is the process of signing into the system from off-campus. Follow the instructions for entering your student ID# or BCC student, faculty or staff library card information. Note: You will need to activate your combined BCC Student ID/Library Card (The OneCard) before you can authenticate and get into many of our databases. Please come to the BCC Library in order to activate you One Card.
Step Two - Single Database Searches
Single Database Searches may be done by clicking the blue highlighted titles listed to the right individually. Once you choose a database, click on its name and pull up its template, type your query in the search box provided. Most databases will provide a box you can click to indicate that you want to retrieve articles in Full Text. Databases may also provide the option of choosing Scholarly or Peer Reviewed articles. There may also be the option to conduct an Advanced Search.
Step Two - ONESearch the Federated Search (simultaneous multiple database searches)
Federated Searching, allows you to search a group of databases together in one common search box, and can be done by going to ONESearch, the Federated Search page on the BCC website database access page. Authentication is necessary from off-campus.
- Type your query into the search boxes provided. Choose your terms as keywords or as subjects. You may also search by author's name.
- Once your result list loads in the Federated Search be sure to click the Full Text filter on the upper right hand corner so that you can retrieve articles in their entirety.
What ONESearch, the Federated Search Page looks like:
Notice the search template located on the top of the Federated Search page. This is where you will type your search terms. There is a box to the left of each database description. After choosing a database or databases click on the corresponding box or boxes. Then click Submit to get a result list of all possible articles. To get a list of articles available in full text remember to click the Full Text Filter located at the top of your result page.
Questions? Feel free to call us at 413-236-2157 during our regularly scheduled hours. The BCC Library is open Monday through Thursday from 8:00 AM until 8:00 PM and Friday from 8:00 AM until 4:00 PM. See our website for hours when the College is not in session.
You may also email us at email@example.com or text us at 413-650-1275. Your daytime Librarian at BCC is Karen Carreras-Hubbard, Coordinator of Library Services. The Evening Librarian is John Santana.
A - Z Annotated List of Periodical Databases -
NOTE: In order to access many of our databases, an activated Library/Student ID Card is needed. Please come to the Library to activate your combined card. Once activated, should you forget your password, you can reset it by clicking this link.
A - Z search. Click a letter above for a listing of all databases (including book databases) beginning with that letter.
For Single Article Database Searches click the individual titles listed below.
Federated Article Searching allows you to search a group of databases together in one common search box.
Full Text Electronic Journal List - Browse for titles across all databases - Use this link to locate individual periodical titles.
Individual Article Databases
Federated Search Page
How are We Doing?
Berkshire Community College
Karen Carreras-Hubbard, MA, MLS
Coordinator of Library Services
Links to Database Brochures and Tutorials
Links to printable PDF brochures on how to use our databases, and links to online database instructional tutorials. See the Other Brochures, ebook box for brochures on using the Public Access Catalog (PAC), Ebrary, ebooks and online reference texts.
Other Brochures - Online Books - eBooks
Links to Database Brochures and Tutorials