What are databases?
The most reliable and comprehensive place to look for academic, quality journal articles is a bibliographic database. Some also include conference papers, technical reports, book chapters, standards, etc. Most databases restrict themselves to particular subject areas or particular types of publication (e.g. theses). Different databases will cover a different range of journals, so for a thorough search you may well have to use more than one database.
Type of Databases
- General interest databases include information from several different subject areas and disciplines.
- Discipline-specific databases include information for several related subject areas.
- Subject-specific databases focus on providing information for one particular subject.
General Interest Databases
- ProQuest Central - Identifies magazine and journals articles in most subject areas including social sciences, humanities, education, computer sciences, engineering, medical sciences, and ethnic studies.
- Infortrac - This multi-disciplinary database provides access to over 200 journals, with links to full text for over half of the journals.
- ProQuest Central - ProQuest Central is the largest multidisciplinary database with over 12,665 titles, with over 9,745 titles in full-text
- ABI/Complete - Identifies articles on business, finance, and management topics from regional, U.S. and international publications.
- Accounting & Tax Comprehensive coverage of accounting and tax topics appearing in key industry publications and newspapers.
· What is a database?
· Why use a database?
Using a database allows users to search for information in an organized collection. The user benefits from this organization because it provides more relevant results, through the use of subject headings and descriptors. Users can also search for keywords in specific fields, such as author and title, and limit their results using various criteria. Databases also provide information in known sources, for example, printed magazines and journals. The content of databases has undergone a review process and the information is more reliable than information found on the Internet. Often databases provide access to full-text magazine and journal articles.
· What are some examples of databases?
A search engine is a service that utilizes a computer program to search the Internet and identify items that match the characters and keywords entered by a user.
· Why use a search engine?
Search engines are useful for finding information on organizations, groups, and personal web pages related to a topic. They can also be used for finding articles, but it can be difficult to narrow down results, find relevant material, and assess the legitimacy of information found on the Internet. It is especially important to be wary when using Internet sources, as there is are no quality control mechanisms that varify the validity of information on individual web pages.
· What are some examples of a search engine?