Library FAQ

Answers to common questions about doing research and using the library.

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What are databases?

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In library lingo, databases are searchable collections of information about individual items of all types (books, articles, media, etc.). Just like searching the internet, searching a database yields a list of results, but databases are much smaller and often more specialized than the web. In many cases they are only available to users affiliated with institutions that pay subscription or licensing fees, such as universities.

Many of Parkside's databases contain links to full-text, meaning you can read the entire article online. In other cases, the database only gives you information about articles or other items, and you need to track down the content elsewhere. A librarian can help you do this!

For more information, look at the Find Books & Articles tutorial or contact us.

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