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Databases

Many students today are successful using computers to search the Internet. But few understand database searching well enough to do it effectively. Worry not, you are about to discover a few things that will help you. 

A database is used for finding citations to articles in periodicals (that is: journals, magazines, newspapers).

  • Most databases give abstracts, or summaries, for each article.
  • Many databases have full text of periodical articles.
  • A research database is an organized collection of information used to identify credible sources. 

Selecting the best research database for your topic is an important step. You need to choose a database that covers your topic, type of publication, as well as the dates you need. You can view and search all our databases from this page.

Here is a video that illustrates how to search a database.