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What Are Library Databases?

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The basic definition of a library database:

    A library database is an electronic catalog or index, often contains information about published items, and is searchable.


Types of material found using library databases are:

    Articles from Journals and Magazines
    Electronic Books
    Reference Sources

To find databases by type, select the Other Options tab.

Library databases typically provide citation information about the items they index. A citation most often consists of:

    Title of Article
    Source (Title of Publication)
    Date of Publication

Some library databases provide abstracts of the items they index. Abstracts are summaries provided by the author or database publisher.

A few library databases provide the full text (entire article) of some of the items they index.

Library databases sometimes omit photos, graphs, charts, and figures from articles, but most will indicate that these have been omitted.


The basic differences:

Some library databases index items across many subject areas. Most databases index materials from a specific focus or discipline. To find a database by subject, go to Databases and select the By Subject tab.