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  • 1. How to research in the library using databases
  • 2. Databases Our online databases • Why not use Google? – Free to anyone with computer access. – No review standards with regard to content. – Information is not organized. – Information is not stable; locations and content continually change. – It is hard to find all the information you need to make an accurate citation. • Databases: – Purchased by the library. – Content is reviewed and recommended by librarians. – Information is organized. – Information is stable. – The information is usually always cited for you.
  • 3. How do I get to the databases? • From the library website under Student Resources tab. • You will need passwords to access it (conveniently located in our Library pamphlet).
  • 4. Each Database lends itself to a certain subject (science, social studies, English) • For this assignment we will focus on LexisNexis (frequently used in college) and CQ Researcher
  • 5. LexisNexis • Can only be accessed from West
  • 6.  Lexis NexisSearch the News for Economics Narrowed down to Newspapers • This search gave us 992 results. • The results are listed from Newest to Oldest. • Lexis gives us the option to narrow the search down even more by many categories on the left side
  • 7. We narrowed the results to just the United States and now only have 302 results
  • 8. CQ Researcher Username and password required for full-text reports
  • 9. You can browse by subject or use the advance search tool. Search for your subject and narrow down your results with date range, topic headings, and specific reports
  • 10. The Results
  • 11. Don’t forget to Cite! • You will need citations for your bibliography. Most of the databases provide citations. Or you can use the Purdue Owl for reference (Google it). We also have MLA handbooks (old school).