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Find Articles: Find Articles on a Topic

A guide to finding articles in journals, magazines, and newspapers.

A library database is a searchable, organized collection of electronic information. A database can contain any type of information, but for the most part, you will use a library database to search for articles and other research materials. Databases can cover a variety of topics or be subject specific (e.g., business, health). Library databases can be accessed off campus by logging in with your myPittCC username and password.

Search for Articles

Starting Points

Search the databases below for articles on a specific topic. These are general databases that cover many different topics.

Expand Your Search

Move beyond basic searching by using subject-specific databases. Start with the Online Databases (A-Z List) page.

Once you have the Online Databases page open, click All Subjects. Click the subject that most closely matches your topic to see a list of subject databases.

Basic Database Search Tips

Create search phrases:

Do not use complete sentences when searching a library database.

Connect keywords with AND, OR, or NOT:

censorship AND internet

"death penalty" OR "capital punishment"

elephants NOT African

Use quotation marks to search for complete phrases:

"code of ethics"

"story of an hour"

"stamp act"

Try more than one search: 

swine flu, swine influenza, H1N1, etc.

Search for varying forms of a word:

teen* will find: teen, teens, teenager, teenagers, etc.

Check your spelling.


Try more than one database.


Ask a librarian for help!

Off-Campus Access to Online Databases

Paw: Indicates that a password is needed to access the resource from off campus.PCC students and staff should enter their myPittCC username and password to access online databases from off campus. Generic logins are available to community residents with PCC library cards, and others who are enrolled in or are affiliated with PCC programs and continuing education courses. Call us! (252) 493-7360