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Database Links for RISE Students: Home

Database Searching Tips

Databases are collections of resources available electronically. Often, they are peer-reviewed articles.

Searching best done by using:

  • Strong nouns (cats, obesity, leukemia)
  • Synonyms/alternate names/scientific names (cats OR feline OR felis OR Felidae)
  • Language of the field (adolescents rather than teenagers)
  • DO NOT USE SENTENCES!

Example search for articles about leukemia in cats

(cats OR feline OR felis OR Felidae) AND leukemia

Video on formulating a search strategy

Email cjames-jenkin@imsa.edu or Chat with me for help!

Access Procedures for RISE Students

1. ACTIVATE your IMSA OpenAthens account. You all should have gotten an email to your personal email account. If you have not activated, please do so. When you activate it, you will also be setting your IMSA OpenAthens passwords (which you will use ONLY for accessing the databases). Your IMSA OpenAthens uername/ID will start with IMSA & then be your first initial & last name. For example, mine would be: imsacjames-jenkin

2. Go here to access the databases: https://ircguides.imsa.edu/RISE

3. Click on the database you want to search (ask me for help!)

4. You will get a login page that looks like the image attached.

5. Click on the second, RISE, link.

6. Use your IMSA OpenAthens login username (see above. Mine is: imsacjames-jenkin) and the password you set when you activated your account.

7. You should be in.

Continue to let me know if you have any difficulties!! And any help in selecting appropriate databases & finding good articles!

Database Links for RISE Students