Choosing a Database

Choosing a Database


At Champlain College Library, we give you
access to over 100 unique databases. That’s good news for you. It means that
you have more opportunities to find what you need.
But because there are so many, it can also be tough to know where to start.
Maybe you’re just getting started on your research or need a general overview. A wide-ranging,
general database may be just the trick! These are like the Amazon.com’s of the database
world; they have a little bit of everything and cover a wide range of topics.
To look for resources in these broader databases, check out some student favorites on the left-hand
side of the “Article Databases” page or find a more comprehensive list under “General
Databases.” Sometimes a general database doesn’t quite
cut it. Maybe you have a really focused research question or you’ve already tried general
databases without much success. This can be a good time to try a subject database.
You can compare using a subject database to visiting a specialty store, like Burton or
Foot Locker. They have lots of information focused in a particular area of research.
A more narrow focus means a bigger, deeper selection of the specific information you’re
looking for. Try our “Databases by Subject” lists to
find these more specific databases on given subjects and topics.
For example, if you’re looking for something about technology in the classroom, one of
our education databases might be just what you’re looking for.
When you find yourself lost in a store, you ask someone for help. The same is true for
databases. If you ever find yourself stuck or wandering,
get in touch with a librarian by chat, calling, or visiting our reference desk.
From the Champlain College Library, good luck with your research!

Danny Hutson

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