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Library Databases

  1. 1. Session 3: Library Databases
  2. 2. What is a library database? <ul><li>Stores information </li></ul><ul><li>Allows retrieval and use </li></ul><ul><li>A starting place for research </li></ul><ul><li>Shows statistics </li></ul><ul><li>Provides general information </li></ul>
  3. 3. Database Access <ul><li>From the VSU Library web site </li></ul><ul><li>In the library </li></ul><ul><li>In any computer lab on campus </li></ul><ul><li>Off-Campus Access </li></ul>
  4. 4. “Databases” Page on the Web Site <ul><li>Full-text databases </li></ul><ul><li>Alphabetical Listing </li></ul><ul><li>Listing by subject area </li></ul><ul><li>General Reference Resources </li></ul><ul><li>U. S. Colleges & Universities </li></ul>
  5. 5. InfoTrac <ul><li>Full-text periodical database </li></ul>
  6. 6. Searching <ul><li>Basic search </li></ul><ul><li>Subject search </li></ul><ul><li>Publication search </li></ul><ul><li>Advanced search </li></ul>
  7. 7. Other Databases <ul><li>Similar to InfoTrac </li></ul><ul><li>Search for information relevant to particular field of study </li></ul><ul><li>Examples: </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Psychology=PsycInfo, PsycArticles </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Chemistry=SciFinder Scholar </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Literature=Gale Literature Resource Center </li></ul></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Searching <ul><li>Most databases’ search interface is similar, only the page layout is different </li></ul><ul><li>Example: Advanced search in EBSCO vs. Gale </li></ul>
  9. 9. Searching <ul><li>An Advanced Search screen in ProQuest and Project Muse </li></ul>ProQuest Project Muse
  10. 10. Searching <ul><li>If you can master searching in one database, you can use the same strategies in others </li></ul><ul><li>Most advanced searches use the Boolean operators AND, OR or NOT </li></ul><ul><li>Basic searches are made up of short phrases or words </li></ul>

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