When you have completed this section you should be able to:
Choose an appropriate research database
Use a research database to identify an article on a topic
Manage a database's print and email functions
Use Options to locate the full text of an article
Why Use a Research Database?
Otherwise, you would have to look
through each issue of each periodical for
articles on your topic.
A research database will show you which
periodicals have articles on your topic.
When you use an online research database,
it quickly checks thousands of records
of many different periodicals to find a
match for your search terms.
There are a number of free web tools for finding articles,
images, and more. Google Scholar, for instance, finds articles
and is a quick way to get an idea of topic coverage. However,
if you want premium searching, deep and more thorough topic
coverage, full text articles, and multi media that you can legally
download and use, use a library subscription database.