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Kaua'i Community College Library

Information Literacy Tutorial: Doing the research

Doing the research

  1. What are databases & Why do you need them
  2. Choosing a database
    • Finding articles
    • Databases for individual subjects
    • Finding streaming videos
  3. Search Tutorials
  4. Finding books and e-books
  5. How to order books from other UH libraries
  6. Finding historical articles in The Garden Island newspaper.

What are Databases & Why You Need Them

A database is a collection of data organized for quick search and retrieval by computers. Amazon, eBay, Academic Search Premier and the UH Voyager Catalog are all examples of databases, although they appear very different. This video, from Yavapai College, demonstrates the value of library databases.

Choosing a database

Finding Articles

Choosing the right database for your information need is ...

Some of the library databases are collections of popular and scholarly articles:

  • EBSCO Academic Search Complete is the main database of articles at KCC.  It's a multi-disciplinary database that provides full-text for over 8,500 journals.
  • Newspaper Source Plus (EBSCO) includes more than 860 full-text newspapers, providing more than 35 million full-text articles. In addition, the database features more than 857,000 television and radio news transcripts.

  • CQ Researcher is a weekly journal that has been focusing on current, controversial topics since 1923. Each single-themed, 12,000-word report is researched and written by a seasoned journalist. It is known for its in-depth, unbiased coverage of health, social trends, criminal justice, international affairs, education, the environment, technology and the economy. It includes a broad overview of the issue, the historical background, and opposing viewpoints of experts on the subject. There are 44 reports each year and the full-text coverage goes back to 1991.

Databases for individual subjects

Some of the library databases are collections of articles on specialized subjects.  For example, nursing or science.

  • Science Direct is a leading scientific database offering science, medical, and technical journal articles and book chapters from more than 2,500 peer-reviewed journals and over 11,000 book chapters. There are currently more than 10 million articles/chapters available with archives going back as far as 1823.
  • PubMed was developed by the National Library of Medicine and contains more than 21 million citations for biomedical literature. Check the "Nursing Journals" Subset box under Limits to retrieve articles from nursing journals only.
  • CINAHL (Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature) provides indexing of the top nursing and allied health literature available including nursing journals and publications from the National League for Nursing and the American Nurses Association. Literature covers a wide range of topics including nursing, biomedicine, health sciences librarianship, alternative/complementary medicine, consumer health and 17 allied health disciplines.

Or you can browse through the complete list of databases at KCC.

Finding streaming videos

Some of the library databases are collections of streaming videos:

  • Films on Demand
    • A collection of  over 42,000 educational videos
  • Kanopy Films
    • Kanopy is a video streaming solution for colleges offering a "Netflix-like" user experience and a broad selection of over 26,000 documentaries, feature films and training videos from thousands of producers. 
  • Ethnographic Video Online
    • This streaming video collection offers 267 online films featuring indigenous peoples of the Pacific.


Search Tutorials

Watch these two short videos for a short introduction to searching EBSCO databases.

Finding books and e-books

The search tool to find books and e-books at KCC and for all of the UH campuses is called Voyager.  Voyager is a library catalog.  Voyager contains pointers to all of the books and DVDs in the UH system.  Voyager also searches e-books.  All of the e-books can be read online.  All searches automatically search print books and e-books, but you can tell Voyager to search either.

Voyager by default searches everything (author, title, keywords, etc.)  You can tell Voyager to search by each of these, if you want.  There is a pulldown menu next to the search box where you can choose author, title or whatever.  Also, you can tell Voyager to search only for items at KCC.

You can also get books from all the campuses in the UH system including from the very large libraries at UH Mānoa.  In our libraries, this is call Intrasystem Loan.  Look in the box below titled "How To Order Books from UH System Libraries" for instructions on how to use the Intrasystem Loan service.

Search the UH Voyager Catalog

How To Order Books from UH System Libraries

As a UH student, you have access to more than 3.5 million titles in the 13 UH System Libraries. Many of these books, except for Reference, Rare, and certain Hawaii-Pacific titles can be ordered through the UH Intra-Library Loan service.  Books take approximately 4-7 working days to arrive. You will be notified by an e-mail message to your account, when the item is available for check-out at our Circulation Desk.

Steps to order books through this loan service:

  • Search the full UH Voyager Catalog (contains the titles of all items in 13 UH libraries).
  • Choose item and make sure the full record is displayed.
  • If the item is not available in the Kauai CC Library, click the Get This Item link in the blue box on the upper right side of the screen.



  • Log in to your account with your UH login and password.

  • Choose Hold or Transfer This Item.


  • Fill in online form, choosing Kauai CC, in the Pick Up At: (choose library) drop down box.


  • Books take approximately 4-7 working days to arrive.
  • You will be notified by an e-mail message to your account, when the item is available for check-out at our Circulation Desk.

Finding articles in The Garden Island newspaper

One of the most unique and valuable resources available at the KCC Library is the almost full archive of The Garden Island newspaper.  The library provides access to The Garden Island newspaper back to 1911.  The Garden Island newspaper is indexed in a different way than you might be used to, the old way.  Pointers to articles, also known as indexes, are located in print format in the cabinet below:

To find articles, look through the drawers for the topic of your interest.  This will lead you to the day that the article was published.  This is the first step.   The second step is to go find the article in the library's microfilm collection.  Microfilm is a shrunk down version of the newspaper that you can view with a microfilm viewer, pictured below.  Please ask a librarian for assistance.