What Is a Database?

What Is a Database?


This tutorial will show you how to
1. learn what a library database is 2. learn how to get to a database and
3. understand why you might want to use an individual database vs. discovery search. 3. understand why you might want to use an individual database vs. discovery search. Your professor has asked you to find academic or scholarly articles for research paper Your professor has asked you to find academic or scholarly articles for research paper.
Where do you look first? Where do you look first?
Wikipedia and websites are not scholarly sources and may contain unreliable information Wikipedia and websites are not scholarly sources and may contain unreliable information Google may locate academic articles, but it can be hard to find relevant
results, and you may be asked to pay for access to the full text of the article but it can be hard to find relevant
results, and you may be asked to pay for access to the full text of the article The Purchase College Library Catalog contains records for books, music scores, DVDs, and CDs The Purchase College Library Catalog contains records for books, music scores, DVDs, and CDs The Purchase College Library Catalog contains records for books, music scores, DVDs, and CDs but not for individual academic articles. To find academic articles, you will need to use a library database Library databases offer the best way to search for and find article citations from thousands of newspapers magazines and academic journals that you are not likely to find available free on the web Many library databases provide fast access to the full text of articles. Databases may also contain e-books, book chapters images, audio files, and videos. Databases may also contain e-books, book chapters images, audio files, and videos. Maybe you’ve heard of JSTOR, Ebsco’s Academic Search Complete,
ProQuest Research Library, or Opposing Viewpoints. These are examples of general, multi-disciplinary library databases. The Library also subscribes to subject databases tailored to a specific academic
discipline. The Library also subscribes to subject databases tailored to a specific academic
discipline. These are great for in-depth research in a particular field. These are great for in-depth research in a particular field. You can access library databases from anywhere. If you are off campus, you will be
asked to log in. Your username is your first name-dot-last name and your password is your purchase email password. There are several ways to get to library databases from the library’s homepage. You can view an alphabetical list of all the databases to which the library subscribes you can choose a subject area or you can use the Discovery search box. Discovery Search is a mega-database. It searches a bunch of individual subject
databases plus the Purchase College Library
Catalog, all at once! Discovery Search does not search
everything in the Library’s collection but it searches a whole lot of books,
music, films, journals, and academic journal articles. Discovery Search is helpful when you’re just starting your research because it allows you to find a variety of resources at once. Discovery Search is helpful when you’re just starting your research because it allows you to find a variety of resources at once. Discovery Search is helpful when you’re just starting your research because it allows you to find a variety of resources at once. Sometimes Discovery Search might give you too many results or results
that aren’t specific enough. As you deepen your research, you will
want articles that are specific to your topic. As you deepen your research, you will
want articles that are specific to your topic. Individual subject databases are
tailored to specific disciplines such as Art History, Biology, Economics, Literature, Psychology, and others. such as Art History, Biology, Economics, Literature, Psychology, and others. Subject-specific databases are
especially useful for doing in-depth research. Subject-specific databases are
especially useful for doing in-depth research. Use the Research-by-Subject guides to
learn which databases are best for each academic discipline. Use the Research by Subject guides to
learn which databases are best for each academic discipline. Know which database you want? Use the Databases by Title list to choose
from an alphabetical list all the library’s databases. Each library database looks a little different but they all basically do the same thing:
they let you search for keywords and limit your search by date,
publication, and resource type. You can even limit your results to academic journals to retrieve only
scholarly, peer-reviewed articles. Library databases also provide access to the full text of thousands of articles Library databases also provide access to the full text of thousands of articles And, databases can help you save and
organize your research! Look for options that allow you to save,
print, cite, or email an article to yourself. Look for options that allow you to save,
print, cite, or email an article to yourself. Remember, if you need help finding academic articles in library databases you can always ask a librarian!

Danny Hutson

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