Finding Articles and Databases

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Finding Articles and Databases

  1. 1. Finding Information at an MDC Library: Articles & Databases Kristy Padron, MLIS kpadron@mdc.edu Miami Dade College Learning Resources – Library http://www.mdc.edu/learning- resources/libraries/
  2. 2. Finding Articles & Using Databases What is a database? In the library field, a database is an online collection of publications such as e- Books, magazines, and journals. Databases can be used to find articles. MDC Learning Resources provides databases to MDC students. Databases can be used on or off campus!
  3. 3. • Go to the MDC Learning Resources home page at http://www.mdc.edu/learning-resources/libraries. • Select the Libraries link to get to this page. http://www.mdc.edu/learning-resources/libraries
  4. 4. • To use a database, go the MDC Learning Resources home page and select Articles/Databases.
  5. 5. • Select Databases by Subject to find recommended databases for a subject area. • Or, go to Databases A-Z for a complete list.
  6. 6. • Since databases are available only to MDC students and employees, authentication is required.
  7. 7. • Your borrower ID is your student number on your MDCard; it has the letter followed by 8 digits (eg., A12345678). • The PIN is the last 4 digits of your student number. • Select Log In to continue.
  8. 8. • Here is the list of databases. • Scroll down the page or use the A-Z letters to get to a particular database.
  9. 9. • For general news and journal articles, try Academic Search Complete. • For reports on specific topics, try CQ Researcher or Opposing Viewpoints in Context.
  10. 10. • Select the name of the database to start a search for articles (we will try Academic Search Complete).
  11. 11. • Enter your topic in the search box. Sometimes, alternate topics may appear. • Next, select Search.
  12. 12. • A list of articles will appear. • Read the summaries of the article along with its bibliographic information (name of article, author, journal) to evaluate its usefulness.
  13. 13. • Select PDF Full Text to see an article.
  14. 14. • This is the article. Use the sidebar to turn the pages.
  15. 15. • An article can be printed or saved by using the icons.
  16. 16. Questions? Contact your local MDC campus library! Kristy Padron, MLIS kpadron@mdc.edu Miami Dade College Learning Resources – Library http://www.mdc.edu/main/library

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