Join Elsa Loftis for an in-depth discussion in this video Databases, part of Information Literacy.
- A research database is a set,…or collection of data, which is gathered…and made available via a computer.…Most of the databases you will be using…come from your academic or public library.…Usually, individuals don't subscribe to databases.…Because of this, you will need to ask your librarian…or library staff about how to access the databases…they subscribe to.…You'll often find that you can log in…with your library card number,…or if you're using a library or university computer,…it will log in for you automatically.…By and large, you'll wanna use a database…to find journal articles, studies,…or other scholarly sources.…
Your particular library probably does not…subscribe to every academic journal…or popular magazine under the sun.…It's just not cost-permitting,…plus it's a big storage problem.…That's where databases come in.…They aggregate information from a variety of sources…and index it so you're able to search for it…when you use the database.…This information isn't freely available…on the open internet in most cases, which is why…
Artist or designer? Elsa explains how creative professionals can use informational searches for inspiration and professional development. Whatever your background, this course is designed to help you become a better, faster, and more thorough researcher.
- Understanding the information cycle
- Working with books, periodicals, databases, and web resources
- Identifying your information needs
- Choosing search terms
- Evaluating resources
- Citing sources
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2. Search Strategies
3. Resource Evaluation
4. Ethical Use of Information
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