What is a database?
What is a library database?
What types of items are indexed by library databases?
Library databases allow you to find:
What types of information do library databases provide?
Databases also provide citation information in various styles: APA, MLA or Chicago to name a few. Citations typically consist of:
Some library databases provide the full text of the entire article for items they index. Full text is exactly as it sounds: the complete work either in print or electronic form.
Some library databases also provide abstracts of the items they index. Abstracts are short, descriptive summaries of articles found in scholarly journals that usually appears at the beginning of an article.
Some library databases provide bibliographies of the items they index. A bibliographic database is an organized digital collection of references to published literature, including journal and newspaper articles, conference proceedings, reports, government and legal publications, patents, books, etc. rather than complete monographs. They generally contain very rich subject descriptions in the form of keywords, subject classification terms, or abstracts. A bibliographic database may be general in scope or cover a specific academic discipline