What is a database?
A database is a searchable collection of citations, indexes, and/or full text articles that originally appeared in journals, magazines, or newspapers. Databases are one of the tools researchers use to find information. Here are some examples:
How is a database different from the Hewes Library catalog or the I-Share catalog?
A catalog indexes books, DVDs, AV materials, music, and more so you can locate a record and then locate the item. Catalogs do not have full text articles.
Why do some of the library databases look different from eachother?
Database interfaces (the front-end software) DO look differently depending on the company that produces it.
How do I get help with databases?
Most databases have "help" buttons that will provide search assistance. When in doubt, come to the Hewes Library Reference Desk and a librarian will be pleased to help you in person!
All of the databases provided by Hewes Library can be accessed off-campus!