What are library databases?
What are Library Databases:
A searchable, electronic catalog or index of published articles and/ or information (e.g. magazine, newspaper, or journal articles). Databases are paid subscriptions to quality information sources that all students have access to.
- Individual databases sometimes have a specific focus such as science, art or education and contain articles from many publications on that topic.
- There are also general databases that cover a broad range of topics.
- Some databases contain a single publication, such as The New York Times.
- All of the databases provide the ability to search all of the articles within the database in a single search.
How are Databases different from the web?
- The information in a library database comes from published sources that are applicable to the specific database. The majority of the sources will have undergone an editing and review process, unlike information on the web that can be written and uploaded by anyone.
What are some of the different types of information found in databases?
- periodical- any publication that is published on a daily, weekly, or month basis (a newspaper, magazine, or journal article).
- article- a piece of writing in a newspaper, magazine, or other publication.
- journal- a publication that deals with a particular subject or professional activity.
- Abstract- an abstract gives you a summary of the article plus all of the citation information such as author title and what journal (magazine, etc) the article came from. It does not contain the entire article.
- Full Text -- When a database provides the entire article.
How are the databases accessed?
All of the databases can be accessed from the library website while in the library or anywhere with an internet/ WiFi connection.
From the library homepage (http://www.sunyorange.edu/lrc/) the Quick Research Links Box gives you two ways to select databases:
- Article databases by subject: Databases are grouped by topic and color coded based on subject applicability.
- Article databases by title: If looking for a specific database, this provides an alphabetical list of all of the databases that can be scrolled through to find a specific database, such as MedLine.
Once you find the database of interest, click on the name of the database to begin searching.
If you are not on campus, select the database the same way, but you will need to enter you’re a number and pin to gain access.