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  • 1. DATABASES Finding Articles Using the Massasoit Community College Library’s Databases.
  • 2. In this tutorial you will learn  How to find the Massasoit database page  Why databases may be the best sources for a project  How to access the Massasoit databases on campus and off campus  How to select the best database for your research
  • 3. WHY ARE DATABASES USEFUL FOR THIS PROJECT?  Databases contain material from newspapers, magazines, scholarly journals, and, sometimes, books and websites  Databases contain information gathered from reliable sources  Databases contain current information  Databases are valued by your professors
  • 4. WHERE ARE THESE DATABASES LOCATED?  Find our databases from the Database link on the Library homepage:
  • 5. SELECTING A DATABASE  Our databases are arranged alphabetically and by subject (note that there is also a trial database link). Use the Alphabetical List to access a database you know; use the Subject List when you want to see what disciplines are covered by our databases:
  • 6. SELECTING A DATABASE  Use the Subject List to choose a database in a discipline or subject area. For comp 1 research, News Sources, Academic/Scholarly, or General are good places to begin a search.
  • 7. SELECTING A DATABASE  Use the Alphabetical List if you know the name of your database; then select the alpha letter corresponding to the name of the database. For example, to use the Opposing Viewpoints database click on the “O.”
  • 8. USING A DATABASE  Choose the database in the resulting list to access. Look for a search box and enter your topic.
  • 9. USING A DATABASE  For the search topic death penalty, use quotes around the phrase and add juvenile to narrow the search. The resulting search string looks like this: “death penalty” AND juvenile  Fifteen viewpoints and many other usable articles were in the results:
  • 10. ACCESSING THE ARTICLE  Click on the highlighted link to open the article.  This database offers many features: listening to the article, printing, emailing, even citing:
  • 11. OFF CAMPUS DATABASE USE  Databases are available off-campus with a Library barcode.  Register for a barcode in person at the circulation desk or online from the link on our homepage .  Proof of student status must be provided to register:  In person with a Massasoit ID  By using your Massasoit email when registering online
  • 12. HOW TO SELECT THE BEST DATABASE Choosing the best database will make your job easier.  Examine your topic for focus:  What is the main subject of your research?  Do you want your research to be locally focused?  Is there a specific time period involved?  Use the Subject List to select a database. You may be able to see a connection to your topic here.  Use one of our local newspaper databases, like Boston Globe Newspaper, to provide local focus.  All databases include current information; but if your topic is a historical period, see our history databases.  Ask a Reference Librarian for help.

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