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Introduction to the SHU Library

Database - Databases are online resources that the library subscribes to (& pays for!) that contain articles and other information from print sources such as magazines, newspapers, journals and reference books.  This information is not necessarily freely available on the web; you may find bits and pieces of it, but these databases are powerful, sophisticated tools for gathering, compiling, organizing and making this data accessible to you.

SHU Library subscribes to both article databases and reference databases that provide facts, statistics, and background information.

Diving into your subject

QuickSearch provides a wide overview of resources available on a topic. Because it is searching across a bunch of different resources, you'll get some things that are not as relevant. 

If you want to make sure the journal articles you find are very specific to your subject, you can dive right into the subject-specific databases.

Database by Subject

Find your subject below and see the recommended databases the SHU Library has for you.

What if you need an article the SHU Library doesn't have?

If you need an article that the SHU Library does not have, don't despair! You can request an article through the InterLibrary Loan or ILL system. ILL allows you to request an item from another university or library. For electronic copies of articles, it takes about 2-3 business days for you to receive the item, but it may take longer. Give yourself some time when requesting articles!

Interlibrary Loan (ILL) is a FREE borrowing and loaning  service. ILL obtains books, articles, book chapters, and other research materials not owned by Ryan Matura Library for students, faculty and staff.  

Login to your ILL Account - to place ILL requests, track requests, check due dates, and view ILL borrowing history. Each item must be requested online through the Sacred Heart University Library website through the patron’s Interlibrary Loan account.

Important information about ILL Communication Preferences

  • After logging in for the first time, make sure your communication preferences are selected, and going to the correct email or phone number. This enables the system to send automated updates about your ILL requests.
  • Check your Junk Email folder for email notifications from If found, you must add to your safe senders list to receive future notifications.