choosing a topic

Types of Databases

The two types of databases that you will be using are: library catalog and article databases.

Library catalogs


organize all of the materials a library purchases. These include records for books, magazines, journals, newspapers, videos, sound recordings, images, etc.

AlleyCat does not include articles.

Article databases are used to identify articles on a topic.

MasterFILE Premier
Academic Search Premier
Britannica Online

Some article indexes are general or multidisciplinary.

Business Source
Health Source

Many indexes specialize in a particular subject area, such as business, health, or education.

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