Frequently Asked Questions

How do I check my library account?

On the Library home page, scroll all the way to the bottom of the page until you see Sign in to My Library Account. Your login credentials are the same as your Moodle Login. You can see what books you have checked out and when they are due. You can also renew your books on your library account.

How do I find books or videos?

Trinity Washington Unversity Library has a large collection of books, videos, and journals. You can search through our collection through our online catalog. To view the catalog click “Trinity Library Resources” on the left side of the Library’s home page. Then click “Find books at Trinity.”

How do I find journal articles?

To look for journal articles in a specific database (Proquest, Academic Search Ultimate, etc.) click “Trinity Library Resources” on the left side of the Library home page. Then click “Databases & Scholarly Articles” Here you can browse through over 120 databases as well as our most popular/frequently-used databases.


You can search throughout all databases within Trinity Washington University Discovery Service.  This is located on the middle of the Library’s home page

How can I search for journal articles from home or work?

Once you are registered for classes, you can search for journal articles from home or work. One you try to access an article or database outside on Trinity Washington University, it will ask you to log in. Your login credentials are the same as your Moodle login.

Why am I having problems accessing the journal databases?

We are happy to look into the issues of access. It’s usually an easy fix on our end but it is better to reach out as soon as possible so we can work on it. Feel free to email us at or give us a call at (202) 884-9350

Do I need a username and password to search the databases?

If you are on campus, no you do not.  Trying to access the databases when you are off-campus requires the same username and password as your Moodle credentials.

However, you may be asked for this information in the following cases:

Your search “timed out” – most of these databases will end-users’ search sessions after a period of inactivity.

There might be server difficulties on the database provider’s page. If this happens please contact us (see “Other questions?”).

How do I know which database to search?

Each database has a description underneath. This tells you what subjects they cover and what type of sources they provide. If you are still unsure which database to search, reach out to one of the librarians at or give us a call at (202) 884-9350.

Other questions?

Please give us a call at (202) 884-9350 or email us at, if you have additional questions or concerns. If you have a cell phone, call us on that while remaining connected to the Internet. If not, please let us know which databases you were trying to access and have a pen and some paper nearby in case you want to take notes.

You can also use our ‘Ask a Librarian‘ form.