What is a database?
A place where information or data is stored or collected. This collection can be arranged by subject or topic into individual records or specifc categories and can be searched by a computer.
What does that mean?
A database is a collection of information such as journal articles, reference book entries, and dissertations, that has been published electronically by a credible source / publishing company. The content within the database has been selected by professionals (experts, educators, librarians, etc.) for accuracy.
Why use a database?
By searching for information within a database, you will eliminate some of the guesswork when trying to determine if the information is credible. In other words, these resources are not considered "Wikipedia stuff."
Below are some selected databases that students find useful:
Additional reliable resources that are available through the library are the databases. The library has over 300 databases available to help find research information. Watch the video below on how to find articles in the databases.
For additional information, click on a guide below: