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    • Session 3: Library Databases
    • What is a library database?
      • Stores information
      • Allows retrieval and use
      • A starting place for research
      • Shows statistics
      • Provides general information
    • Database Access
      • From the VSU Library web site
      • In the library
      • In any computer lab on campus
      • Off-Campus Access
    • “Databases” Page on the Web Site
      • Full-text databases
      • Alphabetical Listing
      • Listing by subject area
      • General Reference Resources
      • U. S. Colleges & Universities
    • InfoTrac
      • Full-text periodical database
    • Searching
      • Basic search
      • Subject search
      • Publication search
      • Advanced search
    • 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
    • Searching
      • Most databases’ search interface is similar, only the page layout is different
      • Example: Advanced search in EBSCO vs. Gale
    • Searching
      • An Advanced Search screen in ProQuest and Project Muse
      ProQuest Project Muse
    • 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