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Winter Session 2017 --Library services: Databases -- What and Where

What is a database?

Think of a database as an online index, like the one in the back of a book.

You use both to look up a topic to see where there is more information about your subject.

Where are the Library Databases?



The "A-Z Databases" page

Once you are on the Databases A-Z page, here are a few things to look for:

Why are there so many steps to find the databases?

1) They are all protected by licensing agreements and copyright - lots of legal issues.

2) Copyright and licensing also means you have to pay for a subscription (your Tech Fee) and use a password to see the information.

3) Librarians try to make it as easy as possible to login and to search for what you need-- but you have to use the library website to get to the database, so the company that owns the copyright knows you have paid for access to their databases.