By the end of these sessions, you should be able to:
- Classify articles along a continuum from popular to scholarly
- Determine best resources to fulfill an information need
- Understand process by which information is produced following an event and recognize that this process affects the availability of information
- Recognize the process by which professional literature is produced
- Assess electronic databases as to whether they contain desired information resources
Review Concepts from English 101
Below are topics discussed in English 101. Returned for your pleasure.
A "research database" is an electronic resource that is designed to help you find information by providing citations for articles, books, etc. It may provide abstracts (summaries) and may provide access to the full item (full-text of article, book, etc.).
Publishers of these databases attempt to select the most useful items to be included -- based on the intended users and their purposes.
A periodical index or database is a database that provides access to articles in periodicals (magazines, journals, newspapers). The publisher indexes a group of periodicals that are appropriate for the target audience of the index.
A library catalog is a database that provides access to books, videos, software and other materials that are owned by (or accessible from) a library or group of libraries. The items in the library are selected to meet typical needs of the library's users.
The library subscribes to a large number of databases each with different materials. When choosing a database to use, you must consider if it has resources related to your:
- Topic (general/specialized)
- Level of material (popular/scholarly)
- Kind of material (article/conference)
- Time period covered
To help you choose the best database to use, try the Database by Subject Link.