Database FAQs


Frequently Asked Questions

The state of Utah is served by a consortium of libraries and educational organizations that have combined funds and energy to develop and maintain Pioneer: Utah's Online Library. One of Pioneer's strongest contributions is the statewide presence of a set of premium databases, freely available to the public for in-library and in-home use. Librarians at your local school (k-12), public library, college or university library will help you get connected with Pioneer.

Pioneer Databases

What are Premium Databases?

They are a collection of comprehensive full-text databases made up of magazine, journal, newspaper articles, photographs, biographies, encyclopedia entries, and even a means to find that elusive poem.

How can I access these databases?

All of the premium Pioneer databases can be accessed from any Utah public library and all but a few from your home. How you get into the databases depends on where you live and who (which library) is offering access. You access databases with your library barcode or with a special access code from your local public library. Find tutorials on how to use the databases.

What topics do the databases cover? Just about anything!

EBSCOhost, our flagship, has 32 searchable databases covering a full range of topics: philosophy and religion, homework help for students, full-text newspapers and magazines, dictionaries and encyclopedias, business information, medical and health resources, and the environment--just to name a few topics.

The searchable newspapers in NewsBank cover the U.S. daily papers and International press. Certainly Utah's larger newspapers are represented here and are searchable.

HeritageQuest is THE genealogy database to search your family history.

OverDrive and NetLibrary provide downloadable audiobooks, ebooks, and videos.

Is there any cost to use the databases?

No. The public libraries have computers available for the public to use, at no cost, however, there may be a time limitation placed on using them. If you are accessing from home or from anywhere else outside the library, all you need is your library card or access code.

Which databases are best for students?

Homework Help is a collection of databases designed especially for elementary, middle and high school students.

How can I find older newspaper articles that appeared in local papers?

NewsBank, offers access to the Deseret News (back to 1988), Herald-Journal (back to 1999), Park Record (back to 2001), Salt Lake Tribune (back to 1990), and the Standard-Examiner (back to 2001).