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Liberal Studies: Databases

A guide to using the resources of Belmont University's library

Multidisciplinary Databases

Off-Campus Access

Databases and electronic books are accessible from off-campus.  You will log in using your MyBelmont username and password.  If you have questions, please call the Bunch Library Research Help Desk at 615-460-6521 or send an email to


Bunch Library subscribes to over 300 databases.  Some are multidisciplinary; others are subject specific.  Within these databases, you will find citations to articles in scholarly journals, newspapers, magazines, and other publications such as government reports and conference proceedings.  There are also citations to books, book chapters and essays within anthologies. Some databases include images, streaming video and/or streaming music.

Database highlights:

  • Many articles are in full text.
  • Searches can be limited by date, language, type of publication, and much more.
  • A thesaurus (sometimes called "subject terms" or "headings") can help you identify discipline-specific vocabulary.
  • You have the option to print, email, and save articles and searches. 

Find the databases from the library's home page (under Get Resources) or use the links found elsewhere on this page.

Accessing Full Text

Many database entries will have the full text attached, usually as a PDF document.  PDF format requires Adobe Acrobat Reader, available as a free download at  In addition, Bunch Library has all of its databases linked together, so that if one does not offer the full text, another might.

To obtain the full text of articles, follow these tips:

  • Look for links to "Full Text" or "PDF."
  • If the full text is not attached, click on the blue button labeled "Find Full Text @ BU."  A new window will open.
  • Click on one of the database links to be taken to the location of the full text article.
  • "No full text available" will appear when Bunch Library is not able to provide full text. In that case,
          Search the catalog to see if the print journal is available in Bunch Library, or
          Request a copy of the article through Interlibrary Loan.

Full text articles may be printed for your own use.