What Are Databases and Why You Need Them

What Are Databases and Why You Need Them


Hello, I’m Bud, and I’m going to show you
why you need library databases for research. By now almost everyone is familiar
with searching the web. But have you ever stopped
to think of what you’re searching? Google, Bing, and Yahoo only give you
free access to what companies and people have made available to the public. This is great if you’re shopping
or browsing movie trailers; but is limited when you need
to find information for research. Unfortunately, unlimited access
to reliable information is restricted because many publishers want to be paid. They won’t give free access
to their copyrighted content. On the web, anyone can create a website
on any subject whether they are an authority or not. No one is policing the web.
This makes it hard to find credible information, which is important
when you’re doing research. Also, search engines can give you
millions of results for each search and only give you a few options
to narrow it down. So it’s hard to scan the results and find
the exact information you’re looking for. Now, let me tell you about databases. Databases allow you to find information
not freely available on the web. They search thousands of articles and books. You can also find images,
charts, and primary sources. Some cover a range of topics. Others are more focused on specific subjects
such as literature, education, or controversial issues. You’ll want to choose a database
based on your research topic. The articles in databases are
from popular magazines, newspapers, trade journals, and encyclopedias.
You’ll also find scholarly and peer-reviewed articles. They’ve been chosen
because they are written by credible authors such as journalists, researchers, and
experts in their fields. Just like when you search the web,
you’ll still get lots of results. However, databases give you
more control over your results with powerful search tools. Some will suggest additional keywords to use
to narrow down your topic. You can further refine your results
by limiting to a date range, publication type, and full text. Once you find a worthwhile article,
a formatted citation is often available to copy and paste into your paper. Library databases are filled
with credible content and give you powerful search tools
to find relevant results. When you search a database instead
of the web, you will spend less time searching and find better information
to support your research.

Danny Hutson

78 thoughts on “What Are Databases and Why You Need Them

  1. As a librarian, I think this is awesome as I can explain databases better visually. Thank you for uploading this video.

  2. Hi, could I have permission to use this in the English composition classes I teach at Northern Virginia Community College?

  3. This is exactly what I need – have tweaked a PowerPoint to death over the years, but this says it so much better. One suggestion – I always mention the results ordering, that Google etc. order results by popularity while databases results are in order of relevance.

    May I use this at my high school in Middlesex, NJ?

  4. This is such a great explanation! May I use in a Cp training (with college librarians), and possibly embed into our community college research guide?

  5. Hi, there — I'm a library science student who is building a LibGuide for a new technical college just north of New Orleans. Their library is currently digital-only, this video would be a fantastic resource for the fledgling institution. May we link to you site?

    Many Thanks!

    Victoria Elmwood

  6. I hope you don't mind but I like this video so much I embedded it on my Northern High School Library Media site page on databases page.  I put a link back to your Youtube channel.  Here is the page where I embedded it.  Please let me know if you would prefer I remove it.  Thank you and Nice work!

  7. This explanation is so clear and user friendly! May I use the clip on Masterman School Library's webpage for our 5-12 students, please? Thank you. Bernadette Kearney, Masterman School Library

  8. May I please use the databases video for an online version of my Pennsylvania high school library instruction?

  9. I'd like to ask permission to link to or embed this video within my libguides for Creekview High School in Canton, Georgia.  It's great! 

  10. Would it be possible to link to this from my library research page at Farmington HS Library in NM? Thank you. You're much more pleasant to listen to than my drone.

  11. I am assuming you are freely giving permission to embed. I will credit you on my site. I love how concise and clear this intro to databases  is! Thank you! Thank you!

  12. I am teaching a university level information literacy class and this video is great!  Would you mind if I use it in my class to explain the difference between the two?

  13. Thank you for creating this video. Community High School would like to embed it into our research page, is that possible? 

  14. This video is general enough even for our middle schoolers!  Can we use it on our library website?  http://sandi.net/montgomery

  15. Metropolitan Community College would like to use this well done tutorial and link it on our website for our INFO class, in addition to your other great videos. Can we have permission?

  16. Well done. May we use it in our community college Info Lit classes and link to it on our library website?

  17. Excellent tutorial, I also would like to link to my LibGuide.  Please let me know if this is possible.

  18. Wow- you do a fantastic job here covering the key points in a creative and eye-catching way. Thanks!

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