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Understanding Research Databases : What's a Research Database?

What is a Database

What is a library database?

  • Library databases contain information from published works.
    • Examples: Magazine and newspaper articles, encyclopedias and other reference books.
  • Library databases are searchable.
    • By Keywords, Subject, Author, Magazine Title, Date, etc.
  • Library databases provide citation information.
    • Author, if available
    • Title of Article
    • Publication (Title of Magazine, Newspaper, or Reference Book)
    • Publisher
    • Date of Publication
  • Library databases often contain full-text articles.
    • You can print or email an entire article.
  • There are different kinds of library databases
    • For specific topics. Examples: Biography Resource Center , Business Source Complete, Consumer Health Complete
    • Multidisciplinary databases Examples: Academic Search Complete, Opposing Viewpoints, Gal Virtual Reference
  • Library databases are paid for by taxpayer dollars.

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