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Last Updated: Apr 07, 2020     Views: 82

Library Catalog

The library catalog, also known as Quick SearchEncore, or the Classic Catalog, allows you to search for both print and electronic materials owned or subscribed to by the UNL Libraries.


A journal, also known as an academic journal or scholarly journal, is a regularly published collection of scholarly articles (similar to a magazine). Many of these are available online. You can search for journals by title using the library catalog, the online journal finder, or BrowZine.


A library database is a searchable collection of electronic materials, sometimes including references to print resources as well. Databases can be multidisciplinary (for example, Academic Search Premier or JSTOR) or subject-specific (for example, ERIC for education or PsycINFO for psychology).

Why use library databases? Databases contain many more resources than you can find just by Googling your topic.

The Databases A-Z list allows you to find databases by subject area or material type. The most popular databases are listed in the right-hand column. Each database has a short description, ending with the types of materials it contains in parentheses:

  • Full-Text means that the database contains full-length articles, books, or other readable content.
  • Abstracts means that the database contains abstracts (summaries) of articles and books, which you can access via another database or Delivery/Interlibrary Loan.
  • Index is similar to abstracts, but less detailed.
  • Images means the database contains photos and/or illustrations.
  • Streaming Video means the database contains videos that can be watched online.
  • Streaming Audio means the database contains music, spoken word, or other audio content that can be listened to online.

Most databases on the list have the Nebraska "N" symbol next to them. This means that you need to log in with your My.UNL (Canvas) or My Library Account username and password to access the content. Other databases have an open lock symbol next to them, meaning they do not require a login.