Library Access and Tutorials

Full Text Access

Moody Library provides full-text access to about 85% of the digital holdings. It is not higher because some publishers only provide access to abstracts. This is a publisher’s decision, which libraries cannot change or control. You can access  our databases and journals in several ways:

  1. Through our LibGuide Database page (a.k.a. subject guides). Many subject-specific guides contain links to specific journals. Click on the resource and you will be taken to a sign-in page with a picture of our library. You will authenticate using your HCU email address and password (same as for the HCU Portal). NOTE: You cannot log in to databases directly such as You must go through the library’s pages.
  2. CloudSearch (blue box on the library’s home page)
    CloudSearch is our research service that brings together Library databases as well as aggregates Open Access (OA) articles and Open Education Resources (OER). OA and OER free resources are scattered across hundreds of websites, but CloudSearch brings it all together in one place increasing the number of possible matches. OA adds peer-reviewed quality as well!

Knowing where to search, how to search, and knowing where to search can seem like a daunting task. Never fear. Our Finding Articles and Books LibGuide (a.k.a research guide) compares several major multidisciplinary databases with CloudSearch along with tips for how to use them. This should help give you a better idea of how and where to start.

Another question we get a lot is, “How do I search or How do I start searching?” If you have used the databases before and want to dive in further, you can save yourself a lot of time by practicing these techniques. For more, read our Building Useful Database Search Strategies LibGuide.



This is the government version of PubMed and not the EBSCO MedLine version. The advantage of this version is that HCU Moody Library worked with the NIH to initiate their Outside Tool for our future nurses. This means that an HCU icon will be visible on every article in PubMed to give you the chance to see if we have it in our databases unless the article is Open Access (free). Be sure to review citations closely to see if articles are, in fact, Open Access and free to read. If not, click the HCU icon to check our databases. Disclaimer: The HCU icon is not a guarantee that each and every article in PubMed is freely available. If not, you can request articles via interlibrary loan.

Now that we have CloudSource, every article record (not every article) is included in the All CloudSource profile. If it is an OA aticle or the fulltext article is available in a journal carried by one of our databases, then we can get it!


The library has a self-guided tutorial service and is beginning to create more. These are available 24/7. Be sure to check again for new additions!

CloudSearch and Searching Strategies



Credo Reference

  • How to Do A Basic Search (Platform overview)
  • What Is the Mind Map?
  • Finding Reference Books on Credo Reference
  • What Are Topic Pages?
  • Research Paper Help Center
    • The landing page will provide a variety of tabs organized by topics. Click on the topic closest to what you need or click through to see the variety of tutorials or videos. If something strikes your interest, click the link at the bottom of the page.
  • Getting Smart with Information (or Help: I’m Writing A Research Paper) [full suite] – This information literacy suite is organized by expandable sections and covers a wide range of research topics. Click on the topic to view video or textual help. To give you an idea, here are some of the many topics: getting started with research, narrowing topics, help with thesis statements, background tips, information searching tips, learning the differences between primary, secondary resources and peer-reviewed sources, choosing and narrowing topics, understanding the various types of information methods, how to evaluate and de-bunk information, and understanding various citation styles.