Q. Why Use Databases?

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Why Should I Use a Specific Database?


The A - Z Database List allows users to find and search specific databases that the library subscribes to. Users can search databases that are good for general research or databases whose content is unique. For example, some databases only cover one subject area but have more information on that subject than other databases.

Advantages:

  • Allows users to search one source (database) at a time like Project Muse, Opposing Viewpoints, JSTOR, etc.
  • Allows users to save time and get more targeted results by searching individual databases based on subject (e.g. Business), content type (e.g. eBooks), etc. needed for their research

Disadvantages:

  • Requires users to search in each database individually to find sources--can be time consuming (exception: EBSCOhost)
  • Requires users to determine which database would be most appropriate for their research--users who are unsure which database to use should ask a librarian

Use a Specific Database When:

  • You want to save time by searching in a subject-specific, content-specific, etc. database for information
  • You have been given a recommended database to use by a professor or librarian
  • You are not finding the results you need or are finding too many results in the Multi-Search
  • You are looking for very specific types of information (e.g. SWOT analysis reports)

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  • Last Updated May 17, 2019
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  • Answered By Jennifer Harris

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