Start on the library web page at http://library.nsula.edu, and click on the "Database Directories" bar.
If you know which database you want to search, choose it from the list by title. If not, study the menu to find a corresponding subject group, open it, and browse those to choose a useful one.
Enter a search term in the FindIt@ search box on the main page.
When the results screen appears, select the Databases tab, or the "EBSCO Databases (EDS)" field in the "Everything" drop-down menu, if you only want journal articles.
Some records may not link to an item or a full text. In that case, request the item from InterLibrary Loan.
This is a screenshot, directly from a database, of an article record and its beginning in HTML format.
This screenshot shows the "detailed record," or bibliographic information, for an article retrieved through the "FindIt" interface.
Librarians use the terms "serial" and "periodical" interchangeably in most cases. These types of items are published at regular intervals (that is, "in a series" or "periodically," for an indefinite period of time.
"Journals" are professional academic or scholarly publications, usually edited by experts in the field ("peers"); newspapers and magazines are of more popular or general interest. Online periodicals, including blogs, may be peer-reviewed but sometimes are not so. If you're unsure, check the publication information or ask a librarian or professor for help.