Welcome to the Woodmont College Library! 

Research is critical to your academic career, and this is the place for you to develop those skills. The Woodmont College library is a comprehensive list of websites and databases in which you can perform your research. We built the library in the form of a guide and is intended to help you find relevant academic articles for your research topics. We have included links to appropriate tutorials that will help you conduct your search and utilize those databases or search engines. The library is broken down into three categories and each menu category contains lists of methods for your research:

  • The “Search Engines” menu contains a list of the best semantic and lexical search engines for both open access and paywalled articles as well as search tips.
  • The “Resources” menu contains lists of websites where you can find ebooks, articles, and dissertations, as well as guides to help you access paywalled materials.
  • The “Sample Searches” provides demonstrations of searches using different search engines.

As your librarian, I am here to assist you with developing your research skills and guiding you in the use of the library. I am available by appointment, so please email me at to set one up. I look forward to helping you, and I wish you luck on your journey through research and discovery!

 Daniel Price
 Woodmont College Librarian

Book an Appointment!

You can book an appointment with our librarian using the form bellow. Just fill in your name and email address. He will get back to you in order set up the appointment.

You can also email him directly at



    Woodmont College subscribes to the LIRN library service which provides access to one of the most thorough and comprehensive databases available today. The ProQuest database contains journal entries, ebooks, newspaper articles, and primary sources. This rich collection, containing hundreds of thousands of research materials, should be your first stop in your research journey. You can access the library here.
    Login to LIRN using the Woodmont College credentials. If you do not have the login information, please reach out to our librarian ( or student services ( Once you log in, scroll to find the category of your research assignment and click on ProQuest Central.
    Here are some video tutorials that can help you with your ProQuest search:

    Search Engines

    Semantic Search Engines

    The easiest way to find articles is to use a semantic search engine, meaning one that tries to understand your intent and the contextual meaning of terms to generate more relevant results even if the search terms are imprecise or vague. This means that whether you type in the search phrase as “central processing unit” or “part of a computer that processes all the instructions,” you will receive the same results.

    Lexical search engines

    Lexical search engines look for literal matches of the query words or variants of them, without understanding the overall meaning of the query. Therefore precise search terms will be necessary, and it is recommended to use an advanced search to access the most relevant results.

    Video tutorials:

    Lexical search engines

    Advanced searches

    Open Access Search Engines

    Additional Search Tips


    Academic papers always cite prior research on the topic they are writing about. Therefore, once you have found a relevant article on a specific subject, you can find more related papers by looking at:

    • Articles cited in the present paper. They can be found in footnotes or endnotes.
    • Subsequent articles that cite the present paper. Often databases will have a way for you to find articles that cite the present paper. For example, on Proquest, on the results screen, books that match your search appear on the right, and once you have clicked on the article, related articles appear on the right. Similarly on ScienceDirect, once you have clicked on the article, a list of recommended and citing articles appears on the right side of the page.

    When searching with Google Scholar, each search result will have a link for cited by, and related articles under the search result description.

    The keywords are precise terms that can be used in subsequent advanced searches to produce more focused results. Often one can search by keywords, for example in the databases here MISSING.

    If you are not certain of the precise search terms to use, it is helpful to start with a semantic search engine. Once you have found a relevant paper look for the keywords after the abstract. Some databases list the article keywords on the webpage. For example, in Proquest, clicking on abstract/details of an article displays both the subject and Identifier/Keywords. Similarly, ScienceDirect displays the keywords on the left-hand side of the page with the article.  Below is a sample paper, and you will find the keywords listed after the abstract.


    Other Publisher Databases

    The following databases contain journals published by specific publishers so their content is more limited and most of the results will be paywalled. Nonetheless some of the articles may be available as will be explained here. All have options for advanced search and options to search in the title, author, keywords or anywhere, and different filters.

    Open Access Journal Repositories

    Other collections of open-access journals and articles can be found on the following sites. Their range and search features may be more limited, but definitely worthwhile to check out during your research.


    Dissertations (longer research papers submitted as part of an advanced academic degree) can be searched and downloaded from several sites. They are generally not usually used as part of basic research unless you are specifically directed to one. But they are helpful when determining a research topic, as well as for helping find other resources. They can be searched and downloaded as part of a Proquest search.

    Accessing Paywalled Articles

    Even articles that are paywalled and are not available in Proquest, may be legally available online. Here are some ways to find those articles:

    1. Use an aggregator, such as Google Scholar, that searches all the places where they may be available freely. (For Google Scholar, if the article is available. there will be a hyperlink on the right side – see above).
    2. Add an extension onto the Chrome or Firefox Internet browser, available here. Watch the tutorial to help you with setting it up.
    3. Researchgate is a helpful site for scientific articles where one can search for papers and visit topic pages to find relevant information. The site allows researchers to upload their own articles they have authored, even if they are paywalled, making them freely available.
    4. One’s state or city library may offer free access to paywalled articles and ebooks, as well as more advanced databases. You most likely will require some identification that you are a member of the city or state library system. For example, see this page from the New York Public Library.
    5. Email the author of an article or a dissertation, express interest in the subject they have written about, and ask them to send you a copy for private use. They are often very willing. Their email address is usually found on the first page of an article which can often be freely viewed or on the journal website itself.

    Accessing ebooks

    Online students may encounter difficulty in obtaining books for research. Ebooks are books either written just to be published online or physical books that have been digitally republished as an online book. As part of your research, you will want to read books, or specific chapters in books, for ideas, information, and support for your thesis.

    For a list of sites that offer free access to ebooks that are not available on Proquest, see

    In addition, check out these sites:

    1. – a new search engine for free ebooks

    Sample Search

    Let’s say you are researching the benefits of open-source software. Your first step would be to search using a semantic search engine. Doing so allows you to simply type in “benefits of an open-source software.” Results from Google Scholar would yield something like this:


    But using Proquest or CORE, you would do better to refine the search using the advanced search and breaking the query down into components: “benefits AND open-source software.” Also think about what synonyms can be used, for example, benefits OR advantages. Here I have specified that the title should contain the words open AND source AND software and that it should contain either benefits OR advantages. 

    If I was looking AI in healthcare, searching Google Scholar with either AI healthcare or AI deep learning healthcare would bring similar results. But using CORE, I would manually change the query in the advanced search to: title:((healthcare) AND (AI OR “artificial intelligence” OR “deep learning”). 


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