SLS0005 Lab: What’s a Library Database?

SLS0005 Lab: What’s a Library Database?


[MUSIC PLAYING] What’s a library database? It’s an organized collection
of electronic information that allows a student
or user to search for a particular topic, article,
or book in a variety of ways, including keyword,
subject, author, or title. The college subscribes to over
100 online databases covering a wide range of topics. The databases
provide fast access to up-to-date information
found in magazine, newspaper, and journal articles. Databases may also include
government documents, pamphlets, articles
from reference sources, book chapters, multimedia
sources, images, and links to relevant websites. There are also e-book
and film databases. The FSCJ Library’s online
subscription databases is a key point of access to
a wide range of information in a variety of formats. Let’s take a look
at what’s available. Once you’ve logged into
the library web page from connections,
you’ll see a menu bar at the top right of the screen. You can access the
databases by choosing databases A to Z, which is a
straight alphabetical listing of all databases available. Or you can choose
databases by subject, which will direct you
to specific databases on a particular subject. To get a brief description
of the database, choose the Information button. It looks like a white
letter i in a blue circle. The description will
assist you in selecting the most appropriate database
to use for your research needs. Let’s go back to
databases by subject. For instance, if you’re
researching a current topic for an argumentative
paper, you might look under the subject heading,
News and Current Events. After reading the
brief descriptions, you might select the Issues
and Controversies database or Opposing Viewpoints
in Context database. As you can see from
the descriptions, both databases will provide
information, opinion, and discussion on current
controversial issues from reliable sources. Databases are an important
tool for students to use for academic research. They provide
reliable information in an easy-to-access format. Each database has
some unique features. Included in this workshop are
videos on The New York Times historical database, Academic
Search Complete database, and Global Issues
in Context database. Be sure to check them
out as well, as they’ll provide different types of
information and resources for academic research.

Danny Hutson

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