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Research FAQs

Q. How do I find a book?/Do you have a book called...?
A. Go to the library catalog and enter your search term.  In the list of results, you can request the item be sent to you, if it isn't in your campus library.

Q. How do I access the Wall Street Journal/New York Times?
A. Go to the databases page, where the individual databases are listed, scroll down to New York Times or Wall Street Journal in the database list.

Q: How do I find out the DU login for NoodleTools for creating a personal login while off campus?
A. Go to DU NoodleTools page or go to the databases  page, click on the info button next to NoodleTools and you will find it here.

Q. What is a scholarly/peer reviewed journal?
A. An article that has been evaluated by scholars or editors from that same subject area for its content. These articles may also be referred to as “scholarly or “refereed.” Most peer-reviewed articles contain information that has been verified or fact-checked, which gives the article a sense of authority.

Q. How do I find peer-reviewed articles?
A. Most of the databases offered by Davenport University Libraries will allow you to search for peer-reviewed articles. Some databases call peer-reviewed articles "scholarly articles," and others call them "academic articles." When searching for a topic, look for a checkbox that allows you to limit your search for only peer-reviewed, scholarly, or academic articles.

Q. What is a DOI and how do I use it?
A.  DOI = Digital Object Identifier    This is a stable search term assigned to an article to help retrieve it easily.  It is made up of numbers and letters (example: 10.1234/NP5678) and is assigned by a registration agency (such as CrossRef or DataCite) when the article is registered with them by the publisher.  When you enter the DOI on the registration agency's web page search box (and sometimes in a general web search), it will provide more information on the article, including the latest URL for accessing the article on the publisher's web site.  You may or may not have access to the article on the publisher's web site, depending on if the DU Libraries have a direct subscription with that publisher.  You can also search DOIs in our databases, as the articles may be available through our subscriptions to the databases rather than directly with each publisher.

This system was created so that when an organization changed the article's URL, they only had to change it in one place (the registration agency) and people would still be able to find the article.  Prior to this system, when an article's URL changed there was no way for the organization to get the change to everyone trying to link to the old URL.  DOIs are primarily used by the producers of scientific articles. 

Trouble getting into a database?

Databases that Require Personal Logins

In an effort to offer personalized services (such as retaining previous searches, notes, lists, etc.), some databases require you to set up an additional personal login:

  • Learning Express Library (Click "Register")
  • Mintel Reports (Click "I Agree" at the bottom of the first page, then "Create a Profile")
  • Westlaw (declared Paralegal major students only, DU registers you with Westlaw and the login comes to your student e-mail)

Databases: Security Certificate Warnings

A couple of the databases (Checkpoint, Gleim, and sometimes Westlaw) may give security certificate warnings. You should click on through and connect to the databases without any worries that there is something wrong with the site.

Databases: No Additional Logins

None of the other databases should prompt you for an additional login. If they do ask you to login again try clearing your cache and cookies and re-booting your computer and try connecting again. If none of those measures help, please contact us using one of the following:

  • Click on the Library chat on the Library pages
  • Faculty/Staff Call: Extension 1212, or 616-732-1212, or 1-800-322-3984; csc@davenort.edu (specific subject is no longer required)
  • Students Call or e-mail: Extension 1200, or 616-732-1200, or 1-877-899-1499; ssc@davenport.edu