Finding Articles in the Bloomfield College Library

  This overview will introduce you to over twenty different databases in the fields of education, psychology, literature, biography and history, and much more. Containing thousands of scholarly articles from peer-reviewed academic publications, these databases can help you to add richness and depth to any research paper. This is material not often found on the Internet, from publications such as the Journal of American History, Journal of Abnormal Psychology, Diverse Issues in Higher Education, and many more. We can not guarantee that you will get an "A" grade on your research paper, but using these resources will certainly increase your chances!

  • Who can use our databases? A person who is a current student, alumnus, faculty, or staff member can access our databases from off-campus by logging in with your Bloomfield College user name and password. This is the same user name and password that you use to access the Bloomfield College email system. Anyone who is on campus has seamless access to our databases. There is no need to use a user name or password. You are credentialed by the IP address of your on-campus computer.
  • What is a database? A database is an organized body of related information, usually in electronic format. An example of a database is the Bloomfield College Library Online Catalog. A database is usually owned by someone, for example an information company such as EbscoHost, and the information contained in a database can not be searched by a search engine such as Google. The results of a database such are dynamic, that is, we are generating an answer to our query "on the fly." For example, we may need to know how many students at Bloomfield College are between the ages of twenty and twenty-five are women and African-American. We would use one of our College databases containing this type of information to arrive at an answer. We also use a database to find how many articles contained in the database were published between certain years, limited to peer-reviewed publications. The following video, developed by Hartness Library, Vermont State College, provides more information about databases:

  • When should you use a database? Databases can be used for a variety of reasons. In an academic setting, we would use databases to find scholarly research articles, to find and view historical documents, to increase the efficiency of our work by limiting our searches to vetted sources of information, and to substantiate our arguments in our research papers with solid, authoritative information.
  • Where can I find the the databases to which Bloomfield College Library subscribes? Our databases can be accessed two ways. Through our Online Catalog and also directly. From our Library page, click the link in the left menu for Databases / Find an article. If you already using our Online Catalog, just click the tab along the top for Databases. If you're having trouble using a database, or finding the information you need, contact the Library at 973-748-9000 (ext 332).
  • Why use a database? First, all information can not be found through the Internet. There are economic and copyright issues involved and publishers and authors restrict the use of their material. Secondly, much of the information found on the Internet is not suitable for academic writing. There are issues with authority (who wrote what you have found), currency (when was something written), permanency (can you find it six months or longer from now), completeness, etc. Just as books and other materials are chosen for inclusion in a library collection by professional librarians, the databases chosen support faculty and student work.