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Off Campus Access

You will be asked to supply your Saint Mary's user name and password to access subscription databases from off campus.  Problems?  Call or email the Help Desk (507-457-7800 / or the Research Desk (507-457-1562 /

Useful Databases

Tips for Searching Databases

Multiple Key Words or Phrases: Place in separate boxes or separate by Boolean operators. Don’t string them together all on one line as you would in Google.

Put phrases in quotation marks"gothic imagination"  "miracle play"  "Elizabethan period"  "dramatic irony"

Truncation: Add an asterisk * to the end of a term to retrieve results with multiple endings. For example: roman* will retrieve records for romantic, romanticism, romance, romantics, etc.

Boolean Operators can help you expand or narrow your search

AND: (romantics AND gothic) Narrows your search so that only records containing both search terms come back to you.
 OR: ("female characters" OR "women characters") Broadens your search so that all records containing the term female characters as well as all records containing the term women characters come back to you.
NOT: ("Elizabethan playwrights" NOT Shakespeare) Narrows your search so that you get records Elizabethan playwrights but none that are about Shakespeare.