What is a database?
Databases are collections of information. Library research databases are collections of articles from journals, magazines, and other publications that are available to you because you pay tuition to Hostos, and the Hostos Library pays to gain access to those publications.
Why might I want a discipline-specific database?
Databases are organized by disciplines like psychology, history, law, etc. If you are sure you only want those published within a specific field, you should use a discipline-specific database.
Why might I want to search across several different databases at once?
Many research topics can be approached from different disciplines.
For example, the subject of race relations in prisons might be explored by scholars in different disciplines such as sociology, law, criminal justice, public policy, psychology, or ethnic studies.
Depending on your assignment, articles from many different databases could be relevant and useful to you.
If you are looking for articles from a wide range of disciplines, OneSearch is helpful because it searches mulltiple databases at once. OneSearch may not have every single article that we have on a subject, but it is a great place to start.
If you want to only look within databases within a specific academic field (only psychology, only English literature, only history, etc.), select a you can select subject area from our list of databases: click on the menu and then click on the discipline.
Note that we have highlighted some of the "best bets" - try these first.
(1) Go to the library website from the main Hostos page.
(2) Find our list of databases (library database = collection of publications)
(3) If you know the name of the database you want, you can pick it from the dropdown menu.
UPDATE Please note that from fall 2020 onwards, you do NOT have to activate your ID - just sign in with the same username and password that you use for Blackboard!
You can search many types of documents through OneSearch. Enter your key words in the search box.
Once you have a results list, you can filter it to see certain types of documents, for example books or reference resources or newspaper articles.