Join Elsa Loftis for an in-depth discussion in this video Using a research database, part of Information Literacy.
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- [Voiceover] Your research databases…are excellent resources to help you find scholarly articles…within just about any discipline you may study.…Now let's back up.…How do you know if you are using a research database?…It's different from a book or a DVD…because it's available electronically.…It's not the same thing as a search engine,…although you do use the internet to access databases.…If you are using your library's website,…you will probably find a link…to research databases or find articles.…Many libraries have subscriptions…to access research databases.…
The content of databases can range widely,…but most include scholarly content.…Let's take a moment to observe key features…of basic research databases.…I'm now on the Otis College of Art and Design…library's webpage.…You can see over here, on their left-hand menu,…a Databases tab.…Also, down here, on these bigger icons,…you can see where you can find articles.…That's also where you would look for databases,…but I'm gonna click here.…Here is a list of databases…
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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1. Types of Resources
2. Search Strategies
3. Resource Evaluation
4. Ethical Use of Information
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