Using Databases

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Electronic databases can help you find magazine, journal, newspaper articles, and other published information sources.

The IUB Libraries subscribe to hundreds of databases. The databases may look different or store different types of information, but essentially they all work on the same principles. Once you understand how databases work, you will be able to use almost any database.

Some databases provide a bibliographic citation and an abstract but not the actual information; you still need to find the source in the library. Other databases provide the full text of the information. Still other databases are hybrids with some records that give just a citation and others that provide the full text.

 

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While some databases include the full text of an article, other databases only provide a bibliographic citation and an abstract; you still need to find the source in the library.

 
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