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Library Databases

An introduction to basic characteristics
by Nancy Bellafante on 10 June 2014

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Transcript of Library Databases

many different information types
journals
newspapers
theses
images
ebooks
reports
magazines
songs
videos
patents
LexisNexis Academic
newspapers
CREDO Reference
standards
Characteristics
Search Tips
enclose exact phrases in quotes
Use words not sentences
D
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a
b
a
s
e
How do I choose?
create a list of key terms
500 databases?!
Many topics
JSTOR
ProQuest Research Library
and sometimes....
the actual source (full text)
publication information
abstract
Discovery tool that points to sources of information
What's a database?
encyclopedias
dictionaries
biographies
images
company info
legal cases
(undergraduates
OR
"college students")
AND
"ramen noodles"
"
The Ramen Girl
"
What do database records contain?
Remember, a database is a searchable collection of records.
At Drexel University Libraries, you have access
to over 500 databases!
A searchable collection of records
CREDO Reference
Engineering Village
Super Specific
Literature Resource Center
PubMed
Business Source Premier
Biological Abstracts
ARTStor
PsycINFO
Communication & Mass Media complete
How much ramen do college students eat?
filter results
All publications
Academic Journals
Database
I look mean, but I'm really nice if you get to know me.
by publication date
by document type
by publication type
Many subject databases have special filters.
newspapers
trade magazines
Gov't reports
journals
Dissertations
It's one thing to
read
about databases, but the best way to learn is by
using
them.


http://www.library.drexel.edu/guidedhelp/tutorial/proquest-research-library
When word order matters...
Complete this interactive exercise for using common database search features:
by subject
Click to open
Connect
Terms
Exercise
Start with a
multidisciplinary database...
Then move to a subject database.
Databases contain records for...
A couple examples...
When searching a database...
ramen
noodles
college students
undergraduates
meals
food
(Title of a film we have on DVD at the library)
http://records.library.drexel.edu/record=b1909721~S9
B
oo
lean
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