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General Questions

Search Using a Library Database:

Most of our journal and magazines articles are available through our library databases. You can search
our online library databases and find full-text journal or magazine articles that you can print out, email to
yourself, or read onscreen. We have a variety of databases.

To find our online databases, go to the BCTC Libraries web pages at:

Click on a link to the database you want (For example, "Academic Search Complete") and then do a search.
More about Academic Search Complete:

Search Using Primo:

You can also do a search using the Primo discovery search box, to search multiple database resources at once. Once you have found a journal article you want in Primo, click the "available online" link in Primo to take you to a link to the library database that contains the article. Next, click on that database link to take you to the article within the database. More about Primo: 

Quick Tips for Using Databases:

Once you are in a database, here are some tips to help you access articles:

  1. Use the database search boxes to enter keywords (words related to your search interest). If you don't
    get many search results, check the spelling of your keywords. You also may need to try different, but
    related words or phrases.
  2.  Click the "Full Text" box on the initial search screen, if you want to limit to full-text articles we get
    (rather than just citations); also, you can click the "Peer-Reviewed" box if you want only peer-reviewed,
    academic articles to appear (find these options under "Advanced Search" in some databases).
  3.  In the results list, click on "PDF Full Text" or "HTML Full Text" link to view an article.

Finding a Specific Journal or Magazine:

Looking for a specific journal or magazine title, but don't know which database to start with? Search for a
specific title using the "Journal Search" link on our library web pages. The "Journal Search" link is on the
"Find an Article" page of the library website:

We also have a few selected journal and magazine titles available at the library in print/paper format. To check
to see if we have a journal or magazine in print format at the library, search for the journal by name in Primo,
and select the "held by library" filter option under from the availability section, and/or a specific library location
in the location filter section (for ex. "Bluegrass-Newtown"). The application of these filters can be occasionally helpful to book searches, as well, if you want to limit your search only to items we have in print format. (Please note, however, that the majority of our periodicals and other materials are now available in electronic format and not in print format.)

Need further assistance? Please contact the library and we will be happy to help!


Off-Campus Access

OFF-CAMPUS Access through the KYVL Portal

Proxied Access

Go to the link to “Kentucky Virtual Library” at the BCTC Library Service’s “Find an Article” web page.

After clicking on that link, you will be prompted to enter your Peoplesoft login information. (the same username/password you use for your BCTC KCTCS email)

You will then be in the KYVL Portal, where you can search databases for library resources shared by KYVL-participating libraries in the state of Kentucky.

Alternate Access

For alternate off-campus access to KYVL through the KYVL Portal, you can also contact a BCTC librarian to obtain the current KYVL Portal login and password (it changes several times a year).

Then, click on the link to “Kentucky Virtual Library – Alternate Access” on the BCTC Library’s “Find an Article” web page.

Type in the KYVL login and password when prompted.

You will then be in the KYVL Portal, where you can search databases for library resources shared by KYVL-participating libraries in the state of Kentucky.

Please Note:
The KYVL Portal is a funded resource with many useful databases for students. However, KYVL does not have all of the databases you have access to as a student. For example, JSTOR, Ebook Central, Academic OneFile, and ARTstor cannot be accessed via KYVL.

For BCTC off-campus access to databases not in KYVL, please go to the BCTC Library Services web pages and access the other databases from there (off-campus, you will need to use your Peoplesoft login information)

Using Databases

Searching Help

What to do when . . .

You get too few sources: You get too many sources:

1. Think of Synonyms.

You tried: teen

Try: teenager, teenagers, adolescent, juvenile, youngster, “young adult”

 1. Use AND to separate terms.

You tried: pollution Mexico

Try: pollution AND 
environment AND Mexico

2. Use Truncation (? or *)
for more word endings.

You tried: Nursing

Try: Nurs? (or Nurs*)

(This will look for nurse, nurses, nursing,
nursery, and other words that begin with
the letters NURS)

2. Use Quotation Marks to
search words together.

You tried: world wide web

Try: “world wide web”

(This will look for the words world wide
web all together in that order, as a phrase, instead of finding each word separately)

3. Don’t use terms that are too

You tried: kangaroo AND
breeding AND Australia

Try: marsupial AND breeding

3. Don’t use terms that are
too Broad.

You tried: psychology

Try: adolescent AND
“behavioral psychology”

Remember: When in doubt, ask a BCTC librarian--we are happy to help!

Electronic Books

Ebook Central (Electronic Books)

Ebrary offers you the searchable text of over 120,000 high quality electronic books. You can search or read the entire texts of these books online. Ebook Central ebooks often can be good sources to use when looking for information to cite in your BCTC college papers or other writing assignments.

  1. To access Ebook Central: From the BCTC Library website, select and click on Ebook Central, located under the Quick Links column
    screen shot of the quick links list
  2. Type your keywords in the box, separating them
    with AND. For example: computers AND history (You can also type in phrases in quotation marks, such as “global warming”). Click the blue “Search” button to begin your search.
    screenshot of the search field
  3. After you get your initial search results, you also will have an option to focus your search further by selecting specific subjects, etc.

    If desired, use the checkboxes to narrow your search and then click the search button again to see the updated results.
    screenshot of the search results sidebar
  4. To look at a book, click on the link to the title of the book.
    screenshot of the book, its title, and other information
  5. Click the “Read Online” button to view the book.
    screenshot of the 'read online' button
  6. The book will display with
    the table of contents in a 
    frame on the left, and the pages of the book on the right.
    To move through the book, click on any section or chapter to jump to that chapter, or use the arrow buttons to move forward and backward through the pages
    screenshot of the read online book toolbar
  7. Use the toolbar at the top of the page to use various functions, such as printing and downloading a chapter. (Some additional features on toolbar may require you to set up an optional, free Ebook Central account, first.)
    screenshot of the top toolbar and its buttons
  8. Create Ebook Central
    account (optional): Click
    ‘Sign In” then “Join Ebook
    Central” for these added
    • Available for many titles:
      Download entire books for a short-term check out period using Adobe
      Digital Editions software
    • EBook Central
      "Personal Bookshelf" Personal Bookshelf books
      can be highlighted & bookmarked
      screenshot of the Ebook Central account creation and sign in buttons

Formatting / Citation Help


Sometimes you will be asked to insert page numbers in your papers. Here’s how! Also, if you need to add a header with both a page number & your name (MLA format), or if you need to add a header with the first few words of your title & a page number (APA format), then use the customized header
information, below.

Inserting a Page Number

  • Go to Insert menu tab
  • Select “insert page number”
  • Select position for page number from drop down menu (“top of page” or “bottom of page,” etc)
  • Select a format (Plain 1, etc.)
  • Double-Click (2 rapid clicks) on main part of paper to return to regular text editing mode

Inserting a Customized Header

  • Go to Insert menu tab
  • Select “insert header,” then pick option where you can [insert text]
  • Within the [insert text] box, type your name (or first few words of the title, if using APA format, not MLA)
  • Delete any extra [insert text] boxes you don’t need, if applicable
  • Type a space after your name in header (so that there will be a space between your name and the page #)
  • While still in header, go to the Insert menu tab again
  • Select “insert page number”
  • Select “Current position” option from drop down menu
  • Select the first format (Simple- Plain Number)
  • Double-Click (2 rapid clicks) on main part of paper to return to regular text editing mode

How to Remove Header from 1st Page of your Paper

  • Double-Click (2 rapid clicks) on header area of your paper to select header
  • Go to “Design” tab
  • Check the “different first page” box
  • Delete any header information from first page’s header, if still present
  • Double-Click (2 rapid clicks) on main part of paper to return to regular text editing mode