Q. Why Use Databases?
Why Should I Use a Specific Database?
The A - Z Database List allows users to find and search specific databases accessible via the library. 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.
Most Useful For:
- 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), or other criteria needed for their research
- 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 can ask a librarian
Consider using specific, individual databases primarily when one or more of the following apply:
- You want to save time by searching in a subject-specific, content-specific, or other criteria-specific 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 or unique types of information (e.g. SWOT analysis reports)