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What is an research database?
- An online research database is a electronic collection of information that include scholarly articles, books, journals, magazines, books, and newspapers. Some research databases also include video, images, and more.
- Libraries purchase access to online databases for patron use.
Why use a research database?
- Unlike search engines (i.e. Google), research databases only include authoritative articles.
- Information is organized in a subject focused format.
- Authority is easy to determine
- The content is reviewed and evaluated by subject experts and publishers
- Information does not disappear. Databases are updated regularly.
- There are no ads or sponsors.
- Library online research databases are available 24 hours a day.
Remember, if you are having trouble finding resources you may need to revise your keyword search terms. Contact the Library Media Center for online database usernames, and passwords.
Which database should I choose?
General Databases provide access to books, journals, magazines, and newspapers on a large variety of subjects. A few examples would be EBSCO, Britannica School, and MasterFILE Premier.
Specialized Databases provide access to subject specific resources like health, science, literature, etc. A few examples are History Study Center, LitFinder, and Science Reference Center.
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Why should you use research databases instead of the internet?
How to Search a Research Database
Research Databases Available at TRHS LMC