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Comp1 DatabaseTutorial

  1. 1. DATABASESFinding Articles Using the Massasoit CommunityCollege Library’s Databases.
  2. 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. 3. WHY ARE DATABASES USEFUL FOR THISPROJECT? 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. 4. WHERE ARE THESE DATABASES LOCATED? Find our databases from the Database link on the Library homepage:
  5. 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. 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. 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. 8. USING A DATABASE Choose the database in the resulting list to access. Look for a search box and enter your topic.
  9. 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. 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. 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. 12. HOW TO SELECT THE BEST DATABASEChoosing the best database will make your jobeasier. 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 Proquest Newspapers, 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.