OWU subscribes to many different databases, each with a different focus. To see the complete list of databases you have access to, click here. For a few suggestions for databases that may be helpful to some of you, keep reading.
As for how you search a database, well, it works the same way it did with books! Pick a small handful of keywords or subject phrases, pay attention to the language they use - so, Nineteen Sixties is a better search than 1960s - and recognize that you will likely have to do a few searches before you figure out the best combination of search terms.