Library databases are electronic catalogs or indices, contain information about published items, and are searchable.
Some items indexed in library databases include journals, magazines, books, newspapers, book reviews, publications, and dissertations.
Many library databases provide at least some full text articles, but some may only provide abstracts (summaries) or citations. A citation typically consists of author, title, source (title of publication), publisher and date of publication.
Library databases differ in what they cover. Some library databases index items from many subject areas and others index items from a specific academic discipline. To locate a database by subject, see our Databases.
Not sure where to start? Try Search It, our discovery tool, which searches the online catalog and many of our databases for books, DVDs, music scores, journal and newspaper articles, book reviews, ebooks, dissertations, and other resources. Or, try searching in a general database such as ProQuest Research Library.
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