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A traditional bibliographic database provides bibliographic citations for articles. The bibliographic citation includes the author, title of the article, title of the journal, volume, issue number, date, and pagination. Sometimes an abstract or summary of the article also appears. A full-text bibliographic database provides you with the bibliographic citation and the full-text of articles. In other words, with a full-text database, you can often (but not always) access an electronic copy of the article.
Here are a few databases that cover many different subject areas:
Academic Search Ultimate
Developed to meet the increasing demands of scholarly research, this database offers a combination of academic journals, periodicals, reports, books and videos that meet the needs of scholars in virtually every discipline. Subjects covered include biomedicine, chemistry, engineering, health, mathematics, pharmacology, technology and more.
ProQuest Central is the largest single periodical resource available, bringing together more than 30 complete databases across all major subject areas, including Business, Health and Medical, Social Sciences, Education, and Science and Technology. It also includes access to thousands of full-text newspapers from around the world.
ScienceDirect College Edition
Covers the areas of physical sciences, engineering, social sciences, life sciences, health sciences, and humanities.
Search for journals available in print by using the Library's Catalog. Print journals are located on the first floor of the library. Print journals may not be checked out. Print journals for CAECM include:
If you already have a citation for an article you can use these resources to see if we have access to it.
A searchable list of all the electronic journals that are available through the library.
Use Citation Linker to check for electronic access to articles, e-books, and other resources.
Advantages of Using Library Databases
Library databases are useful for locating articles and information on a subject. Advantages to using library database include:
- Academic databases include peer-reviewed, scholarly information that is often not available through the free web.
- Articles in databases have subject terms. This allows you to use keywords in your searches enabling you to find more relevant material.
- Many databases are subject specific, which means that you'll save time by searching through articles that are more relevant to your major.
- Chances are your future employer will want you to use professional databases. Becoming familiar with databases now will help you build skills in database searching.