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Library Databases by Subject: Home

Accessing CUNY Databases from Home

You must have a registered and active library account in order to be able to logon. Your library account must be re-activated every semester.

*You cannot access the Library Databases unless you have a active library account. If you have not activated or re-activated your library account, please stop by the Circulation Desk in the library to do so.

What is a database?

Library article databases are indexes that allow users to search for articles from various publications and/or periodicals (journals, newspapers, or magazines).

The description of an article or book found in a database commonly consists of 3 main parts: 

  • Abstract - A brief summary of an article or book


  • Full-text – when available, the complete copy of an article


  • Citation - gives the publication information for the article or book including author, title, periodical or journal name, issue, date, and pages numbers.