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What is a database

What is a database



Describes the variety of databases available through the library.

Describes the variety of databases available through the library.



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    What is a database What is a database Presentation Transcript

    • What is a Database?
    • What is a Database? This definition came from one of our databases called Oxford Reference Online
    • What is a Database? Oxford Reference Online This database is a collection of online reference books, a great resource for background information, definitions, or just quick information to get yourself started!
    • What is a Database?
      • Different databases can contain different types of information.
      • Some Library Databases:
      • The catalog – information about the books and material that a library owns, and where to find it
      • Article Databases
        • General (all subject areas), ex: EBSCOHost
        • Subject-Specific, ex: PsycINFO, Business Source Premier
      • Other Special Collections
        • Opposing Viewpoints
        • CQ Researcher
        • Biographies Plus
        • Many more…
    • What is a Database?
      • Remember!
      • Some will work for your research, some will not.
        • Is this the best database for your needs?
        • Ex: Don’t look for a newspaper article in a Career Info database!
    • What is a Database?
      • Remember!
      • They look different, but often have many of the same features. Look around for these features, ask questions if not sure! Such as:
        • Special limiting options (by date, by subject…)
        • Options for emailing the article
        • Citing help
        • “ Help” option to show you more search tricks.
    • Investigate Your Own
      • 5-minute investigation.
      • Each group will have a database to look at.
      • Pick a leader to write your answers down.
      • Quickly try the search, look at results.
      • We’ll discuss this when it’s time to talk about that database!
    • Investigate Your Own
      • Catalog:
      • Library Web Page
      • Click Books & Media
      • Click HACC
      • Other databases:
      • Library Web Page
      • Click Articles & Newspapers
      • Click Databases A-Z
      • Find your database in the list and click.
    • Investigate Your Own
      • Find out:
      • What kind of information does it have?
          • I found Nothing!
          • Newspaper articles
          • Magazine & Journal Articles
          • Reference information (ex: dictionaries)
          • Information about books
          • Not sure!
      • Is this a good resource for your topic?
      • What was confusing about the database?