Honors Writing 2211: Finding Articles
What is a Database?
What exactly is a database? Think about an old phone book, one in paper. The phone book has phone numbers by an individual's name or by a business name. Once the phone book goes online, it is now considered a database of information.
Webopedia defines a database in this way: (1) Often abbreviated DB. A collection of information organized in such a way that a computer program can quickly select desired pieces of data. You can think of a database as an electronic filing system.
Article Databases by Subject
The Marriott Library has organized research databases by general discipline. To find databases related to your research, use the drop-down menu on the Article Database page found under the tab for Research Tools. Once you access the research database at the top of the list is the database recommended by the subject specialist for that area. Below the recommended database is a list of databases related to your research area in alphabetical order rather than by relevance.
A Tip: You may wonder what this symbol means when it appears in the some of the Marriott Library's article databases. If you, the researcher, clicks on the link, the software represented by the icon will provide a link to an online version of the article if the library has purchased online access. You won’t have to look for the article in a printed version of the journal. If you do not find the full text, use InterLibrary Loan.
Learn to Effectively Search
Why use a Help menu
Using Help menus are useful when exploring new databases. The most important thing you will learn by using Help is how to effectively use a database that is new to you. Let's not waste time! Get the scoop by checking out Help.