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  • 1. Session 3: Library Databases
  • 2. What is a library database?
    • Stores information
    • Allows retrieval and use
    • A starting place for research
    • Shows statistics
    • Provides general information
  • 3. Database Access
    • From the VSU Library web site
    • In the library
    • In any computer lab on campus
    • Off-Campus Access
  • 4. “Databases” Page on the Web Site
    • Full-text databases
    • Alphabetical Listing
    • Listing by subject area
    • General Reference Resources
    • U. S. Colleges & Universities
  • 5. InfoTrac
    • Full-text periodical database
  • 6. Searching
    • Basic search
    • Subject search
    • Publication search
    • Advanced search
  • 7. Other Databases
    • Similar to InfoTrac
    • Search for information relevant to particular field of study
    • Examples:
        • Psychology=PsycInfo, PsycArticles
        • Chemistry=SciFinder Scholar
        • Literature=Gale Literature Resource Center
  • 8. Searching
    • Most databases’ search interface is similar, only the page layout is different
    • Example: Advanced search in EBSCO vs. Gale
  • 9. Searching
    • An Advanced Search screen in ProQuest and Project Muse
    ProQuest Project Muse
  • 10. Searching
    • If you can master searching in one database, you can use the same strategies in others
    • Most advanced searches use the Boolean operators AND, OR or NOT
    • Basic searches are made up of short phrases or words

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