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Getting Started Using the Library: Articles

This guide will help you learn how to access library resources and services.

Getting Started Searching for Articles

Are you starting your search for articles? 

A great way to search for articles in the library is by clicking on Databases A-Z in the library homepage menu.  From here choose one of our popular databases (listed on the right hand side), select a general database, or search for a specialized databases in your subject area. 

Best Bet Databases

The 3 databases below are great places to start any research project. 


Tools to help you find articles more easily...



LibKey lets you search our articles using a DOI or PMID.  What does this mean for you? If you have a citation of an article you want to read, you can use the DOI or PMID that is listed in the citation to find whether the OCC Library has access to the article and if so, what database it is located in and a direct link to the article.



LibKey Nomad


LibKey Nomad takes connecting to articles available through the OCC Library even more simple. LibKey Nomad is a browser extension that connects you to articles from websites like Wikipedia, PubMed, and publishers websites. It will help you find whether OCC Library has the article and if so, will like you to the article.

The browser extension is for Firefox, Chrome, Edge, Brave, and Vivaldi browsers.  

The library subscribes to this service and the browser extension is safe to download. 



Browzine gives you a whole new way to search for journals!  If you want to discover...or browse...for journals within a specific subject area, Browzine is a great way to do that.  Browzine then directly links to the articles.  

Note: this resource does not search all periodicals within the OCC Library.  It highlights our scholarly journals in particular.  

Off-Campus Access

Use the same login that you use for MyOCC, Canvas, and your OCC email to login to the library's online resources.

If you have trouble logging in, please email us, use the chat button below, or call us at 714-432-5885 during open hours. You may also visit our off campus login instructions website.

Using OCC Discovery

Searching Ebsco PowerSearch

Searching US Major Dailies

Searching LexisNexis