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Can I use databases and electronic journals from my home or work?
Yes. Off-campus users will be asked to authenticate themselves, by entering their UNC ONYEN user ID and password, at the first request of a restricted resource in a browser session and will be issued a cookie valid for the duration of the browser session.

I am graduating soon, is it possible to keep my access to the electronic databases and journals?
No. Unfortunately, when you graduate from, or if you otherwise leave, UNC you lose your access to all of the online databases and electronic journals that UNC-Chapel Hill and /or Kenan-Flagler Business School have subscriptions for. This is a restriction imposed on us by the providers of the databases and journals. However, there are several options:

  • If you live in the area you may visit the Davis Library and use many but not all of the databases that are available there.
  • Many but not all databases UNC-Chapel Hill subscribes to are available through the NCLIVE consortium. This is a consortium of all of the public and most of the university libraries in the state of North Carolina. These databases (which are noted on both the Kenan-Flagler Research Tools & Library Resources website and on the Davis Library E-Research by Discipline website) would be available at any public library in North Carolina. If you visit your local public library or their website they should be able to tell you how you can access the databases. You may even be able to access the databases remotely with a password they would provide.
  • If you move from North Carolina I recommend that you contact a university or public library in your new area and check which databases they have and what their requirements are for their use. Many other states including Georgia, Ohio, and Virginia have consortia of libraries similar to NCLive.


Where is the full-text of this article?
It is important to remember not all of the articles in the journals or newspapers covered in a so called full-text database are necessarily available in full-text. There will be times when using the journal and newspaper index databases available to you that you will find the citation to an article that appears to be just what you need for your research or project. The only problem is that the database you are using does not have the full-text or page image of that article available on-line. What can you do? There are several options open to you.

  • First, go to Davis Library’s Online Journals webpage where you can search for journals by title or browse an alphabetical list of journal titles. This will determine if UNC-Chapel Hill libraries has an electronic subscription to the journal that is independent of any of the index or database or if the full-text/page image is available in another database. According to Davis Library, UNC-Chapel Hill has access to the full-text or page image of more than 43,000 journals.
  • Next, if the electronic options come to naught, you can determine if the UNC-Chapel Hill library system has a print subscription for the journal. To do check for a print subscription go to UNC-Chapel Hill’s Online Catalog and look for the journal by title. The journal could be in any of the 19 libraries on the UNC-Chapel Hill campus.
  • Last but not least, if the journal you want is not in the UNC-Chapel Hill library system, you can use Carolina BLU to request that a copy of the journal article be obtained for you by Davis Library. Please note that ONLY students, faculty, and staff who are currently affiliated with the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill are eligible for this service. Students, Faculty, and Staff whose affiliation is with the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Law or with the UNC-Chapel Hill Division of Health Affairs need to contact the Interlibrary Services office in the respective library, i.e. the Law Library or the Health Sciences Library . If you are not affiliated with the University, please go to your local public library to place interlibrary borrowing requests.

Where are the pictures, and charts? I thought this was full-text.
In many of the databases such as, Factiva and Nexis Uni, “full-text” means the database has the complete text of the article but may not have any of the non-text portions of the articles such as charts, tables, graphs, or pictures. To find these non-text portions you generally need to find a database that has the “page image” or “full image” (typically a PDF file) of the article you want.

Business Source Premier, and many of the journals for which UNC-Chapel Hill libraries has an individual electronic subscription offer some level of “page image” or “full image” of articles. Business Source Premier and most of our other databases do a good job of indicating which articles are “full-text” only and which are “page image” or “full image.”

In most cases to be able to read articles in “page image” or “full image” format you will need some kind of “helper” program like Adobe Acrobat Reader. You you can download the latest edition of Adobe Acrobat Reader for free from Adobe .
The most recent update of this page was on December 22, 2020.

Any Questions or comments about the information on this page should be directed to: David Ernsthausen