Millsaps College

1. Can I use Library Databases from Off-Campus?

You can use library databases from anywhere in the world.

If you are off-campus, begin on the library web page and conduct your research just as you would at the library. When you access a database or journal that is restricted to Millsaps users only, you will be asked for your username and password.

Students, staff and faculty login using their Millsaps username and password. This is the same one that is used for e-mail and to logon to the computers on campus.

Alumni and other Millsaps Library cardholders will use their library card number and leave the password blank.

The Millsaps Library login page is the only one you should see. If you are asked to enter another username and password, please report the problem immediately.

View or print detailed instructions for students, faculty, and staff
View or print detailed instructions for alumni and other cardholders

Please call 601-974-1073 if you have any problems or questions.

2. How to cite sources? Online citation builders?

If you need help creating citations in MLA, APA and CBE formats, you may want to try one of the following online citation and bibliography tools. Remember to always use the style of documentation recommended by your instructor and double check your work using the recommended style guide.  The Writing Center is a great resource for help with papers.


  1. Go to
  2. Search for an article or book that need to create a citation for
  3. Click on the title of the book or article and then click the Cite this item link.
  4. You will see citations for your item in APA, Chicago, (Author-Date), Harvard, MLA, and Turabian.  You can also export to Ref works or EndNote

NCSU Citation Builder

An online tool for creating citations in MLA, APA and CBE formats


Make free MLA bibliographies


Purdue's Online Writing Center and the University of Washington have created guides to the following styles.


3. How to find Company Information in Westlaw Campus Research / Hoover's Company Profiles?

Although we know Westlaw Campus primarily as a law research database, it also provides access to Hoovers, which is a business research company known for its company profiles and reports.

Screenshot of Westlaw news & business search

  1. Click the News & Business tab.
  2. Click Hoovers Basic Company Reports

Screenshot of Westlaw News & Business Hoover's Company Records Basic Search

Enter the company name or ticker symbol. 

Screenshot of Westlaw Hoover's Company Information search results list

In the search results list, click the number to the left of the company name to open up the company report.

Screenshot of Westlaw Hoovers Company Record

You can use the Print, Email and Download icons in the top right corner of the page. 

The Hoover's Company Record includes:

  • Company information like address, ticker symbol, etc.
  • Company rankings in the Fortune 500, Fortune 100, S&P 500, etc. 
  • Key sales, income, and growth information
  • Number of employees and growth in the number of employees
  • Company description (what it does, what important subsidiaries are there)
  • Competitors
  • Industry
  • Company officers



4. What is the best way to search for articles?

Start at  Scroll down and look for the Subject Guides.  Choose your subject area.  In each subject guide is a list of the best databases for the subject.  Choose a research database from the list of databases and start searching.  

Searching library databases requires some special skills.  Try these tips for the best results. 







Write a research statement or question that describes your topic.



Women should have to register for the selective service in the United States.

Do violent video games have a negative psychological effect on children?



Circle the key concepts in your research statement



Women should have to register for the selective service in the United States.



Write your key concepts and combine them with AND



Women AND selective service AND United States



Write down synonyms for your key concepts.  Use a thesaurus if needed.



Women=  female

Selective service= draft

United States= America



Take each set of synonyms from strategy 3, combine them with OR and put parenthesis around them.



(Women or woman or female)

(Selective service or draft)

(United States or America)



Truncate words as appropriate, being careful not to over or under truncate.



 (draft* will retrieve draft, drafted, drafting)



Put it all together and decide what you will type in the computer. 



(Women or woman or female) and (Selective service or draft*) and (United States or America)



Play with your search, change it, and try different things.  There is no perfect search.  Ask a librarian if you need help.

5. Where in the library can I find ethnographies?

There is no one place in the library to find ethnographies. There are many books in the library that are ethnographies, and other ethnographic studies will be found in journal articles.

To find books that are or include ethnographies, search the online catalog. One term to search is "Ethnology" as the subject heading. Most of the subheadings are divided by a particular region or country. Another subject heading to try is "Indigenous peoples." For this subject heading, as well, the most useful books would likely be those found under a particular geographic sub-heading.

Unfortunately, the catalog record for many ethnographies do not use either of those terms, so if you know that name of the individual ethnic group and people, search by that name instead. Keep in mind, however, that the name you think of may not be the name used in the Subject Heading. For example, for Ibo the Subject Heading is Igbo (African people). Fortunately, there are many see references, if you guess the wrong term.

In the stacks, many ethnographies are found in the GNs, where much of the anthropology collection is found, but others will be found in D (world history) or E and F (History of the Americas).

A periodical database to try is JStor.  You are better off typing in the name of the ethnic group or people in most of the databases, since ethnology and ethnography are most often used in articles that discuss the terms theoretically.

If you need help identifying ethnic groups and peoples or getting some background information about them, you can explore the reference collection Encyclopedia of cultural anthropology - Located in the GN300's. There are other reference sources near these that may also be useful.

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