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Prof. Pfeiffer - English 101: Database Searching

What is a Databse?

What is a database?

Databases are electronic catalogs that contain published information in the form of citations, abstracts, or the full text of documents. These documents can be from magazines, newspapers, scholarly, academic journals, ebooks, book chapters or essays. Some databases cover multiple subjects, while others are specific to a certain field. They are indexed by subject terms or keywords for easy retrieval.

Getting Started

Getting started...

Before beginning your search, identify key words or concepts relevant to your topic. You may want to consult a thesaurus to find terms with similar meanings that can help locate additional articles. Ensure your spelling is correct. As you perform searches take note of subject terms and keywords in useful articles. These can be used in subsequent searches to locate additional items. Don't hesitate to use the help available within the database. Here is where you can find it in the Academic Search Complete database (as well as other EBSCOhost databases):

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