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What is a database?

Also referred to as "indexes" or "abstracts", databases:

  • Can be searched by topic or author
  • Provide lists of articles
  • Sometimes include abstracts or summarirs so you can tell whether an article is really what you are looking for
  • List the basic information you need in order to find the article (journal title, volume, date, page numbers)
  • Sometimes include the full text of the article
  • Often provide the option to limit results to "scholarly" or "peer-reviewed" within the seach form

Finding the right database:
  • On the Libraries' Web site, click on "Databases" in the left side menu.
  • Either choose a database by subject and/or type, or go directly to a database through the alphabetical list.


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