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Temporary Resources due to COVID-19

In light of COVID-19, many publishers are making their licensed, electronic content freely available on a temporary basis to assist with the transition to online learning underway at many higher education institutions.

Publishers with free content due to COVID-19
Open Education Resources


Databases temporarily available:

COVID-19 Resources

New / Trial Databases

The following databases are newly acquired or being evaluated for a future subscription.
New Trial
New Trial
The world's largest archive of digital social science data. Contains over 250,000 files of research in the social and behavioral sciences, including specialized collections of data in education, aging, criminal justice, substance abuse, terrorism, and other fields. (Note: You must create a personal account to access the datasets. ICPSR IS ONLY AVAILABLE TO THE GONZAGA COMMUNITY.)
New Trial
The NEJM Group site licensing team has created a resource web page for librarians containing links to all freely available Covid-19 content from the New England Journal of Medicine, NEJM Catalyst, NEJM Journal Watch, and NEJM Resident 360. In addition to original research and other relevant articles, you will also find links to NEJM multimedia and teaching resources as well as an online discussion journal club hosted every two weeks by NEJM Resident 360.
New Trial
New Trial
Social Explore offers access to a suite of online tools and data that allow users to visually explore hundreds of thousands of current and historical data indicators across demography, economy, health, religion, crime and more. Users can customize and visualize maps and data points, create reports and downloads for offline processing, and research concepts in the fields sociology, urban studies, public health, economics, and history.

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Database Searching Tips & Tricks

While searching:

  • Limit to peer-reviewed journals. That's what your professors expect you to use in your research.
  • Narrow your search. Add a date range, keyword, etc. 
  • Expand keywords with truncation:  bicycl* (retrieves bicycle, bicycles, bicycled, bicycling).
  • Read the abstract of an article to find out if it really is beneficial to your research.
  • Ask for help: Librarians can suggest the best databases for your topic, help you with your search strategy, and answer questions about using library resources.

Database Searching Tips from Foley Librarians

  • LOOK AT THE WHOLE SCREEN FIRST. Before you start searching in an unfamiliar database, look at the whole search screen first. What search tools are available to you? Are there check boxes, limiters, subject headings, indexes, a link to get help?
  • KEEP IT SIMPLE. Search with only the most necessary keywords from your topic and don't use all of them at once. Example (keywords in italics): What are the effects of global warming on the animals in national parks?  You might want to get more specific and search for:  climate change, wildlife, Yellowstone
  • FIND A FEW (2-3) RELEVANT ARTICLES. You don't need to start with 20 articles; find a couple of very relevant ones and read those first. You may discover other topics, authors or references or you may decide to change your topic.
  • SEARCH USING SUBJECT HEADINGS.  Browse a database’s Thesaurus or list of Subject Terms to find subject headings relevant to your topic OR use a subject heading link in an article record to search for more articles with that heading. The Using Subject Headings tutorial below explains it better.
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