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Access to the LINCCWeb Database system is available to students, NWF State College faculty and staff, and the general public at any public computer in the LRC. In addition, students enrolled during the current semester and NWF State College faculty and staff may use the LINCCWeb databases remotely.

The computers at the LRC are always connected to the LINCCWeb Database system. If you are using a LRC computer to access the databases, you will skip Step 2 (logging into the system).

You will be prompted to enter your student ID number and pin. Your default pin is the last 4 digits of your Social Security number.

  1. Begin your database session by clicking on "Find Articles" on the LRC homepage or by going directly to the LINCCWeb Databases gateway to access the LRC's subscription databases.
  2. Log in to LINCCWeb Databases by entering your Student ID number located on your student ID card (also called a Raider Card) in the Borrower ID textbox. Type in your PIN (Your default PIN is the last four digits of your Social Security Number). Choose Northwest Florida State College from the list of colleges and click on "log on".
  3. To see a full list of databases available for your use, click on Alphabetical.
  4. Choose a database to search by clicking on its title. It's usually a good idea to start with a general, full-text database that will allow you to view and print the full articles you find.
    • If you are searching for articles from scholarly journals, begin your search with the Academic Search Complete, Academic OneFile, or Omnifile Full-Text Mega databases. To find the highest quality articles in those databases, make sure to check the box that limits your search to scholarly or peer reviewed journals.
    • If you are searching for newspaper articles, try starting your search with the NewsBank or New York Times - Historical databases.
  5. Most databases have at least two search options: Basic or Advanced. Try using both approaches to see which one you prefer. The Advanced search screens often provide more search options and guidance.
  6. Enter search terms in the Search textbox, select the applicable search options to refine your search, then click on Search.
  7. Examine your results, printing, emailing or saving those articles that you will need for later use.
  8. Refine or revise your search as appropriate. (Hint: Clicking on a subject heading from a highly pertinent article will display all articles in the database that have the same subject heading).
  9. Change databases and repeat your search strategy.

The most appropriate information on advanced search techniques are found within the Help files of each database and the LINCCWeb Database FAQ. In addition, general information on optimizing your database searches can be found at Find Information: Advanced Web Searching.