ENG 101: Suggested Databases

Uploaded by nkulibrary on 23.07.2012

Suggest Databases Since Steely Library has hundreds of databases
to choose from, sometimes it's difficult to know which database you might want to use
for a particular class or assignment. This tutorial will make that much easier for you
as an English 101 student. I'm going to recommend four different databases that I
believe will be helpful for all of your English 101 assignments. But first of all, you need
to get to the databases. So first, go to the Steely library page and choose "articles
and database" from the library "quick links" like I did here. Once you've clicked
on "articles and databases" from the library "quick links" at the top of the Steely
library page, you'll see a page that looks like this. So, if you have a suggested database
in mind, you can easily get to it by going to the first letter of that database. I am
first going to suggest a database called academic search premier. So to get there we're going
to simply go to "A" and click there to find academic search premier. From off campus
when you click on a database name, you're going to get this screen, the proxy server
login. This just will authenticate you as a NKU user. So all you have to do is put in
your NKU username and password, just like you were checking you NKU password right here.
Academic search premier is one database we like to recommend for English 101 students.
It is a multi-disciplinary database, so it covers a lot of different subjects, and has
a lot of different magazines and journals that are indexed within it. You've already
learned a few searching tips in previous tutorials in this series, so you'll be able to apply
some of those here, in academic search premier. As you continue your college career and attend
other library sessions, or view other library tutorials, you'll learn even more about
searching and databases. Another database I want to recommend to you for English 101
papers is CQ researcher. CQ researcher is very helpful in researching current topics
that are in the news, controversial topics, things like that. Remember, to get to CQ researcher,
all you have to do is go to "articles and databases" from the library "quick links"
choose "C" from the alphabetical list, go through the proxy server after you choose
"CQ researcher", and you'll be in the database. CQ researcher is a really helpful
database, as I said. You can either do a "quick search" and put in the topic that you're
looking for. Or you can actually browse reports, right here. So either way this should help
you find some good information on current events topics. One word of warning though,
you're probably not going to find things that are in the local news. So if you want
to find something, for example, about the Cincinnati Red or the Bengals, or something
going on locally, this will not be the database you'll want to use. Ok, the next database
I want to talk about is called Fax on File: Issues and Controversies. This one is very
similar to CQ researcher in the fact that it covers current events topics and also is
great when you're writing an argumentative paper where you have to take two sides; this
one can be very helpful. On this page on Fax on File: Issus and Controversies, you'll
notice a couple of places that may be helpful to you. You will see the "issues pro can
con", which will actually allow you to look at the different topics they've got pro
and con reports written about. The other thing that you can do is go to "need a research
topic" and they also give a lot of reports as well. Now, if you prefer, you can always
do a keyword search, right here, and just look to see what's there. Or you can look
at new reports that are in the headlines right now. I think you'll find that this can be
a very helpful database. One word of caution with both Facts on File and CQ researcher,
they've been doing reports since the 1990's, so you'll want to choose a report that's
more recent, I would say in the past couple of years. So if you see one that says it's
from 1990 or earlier than the past 5 years, you'll probably want to stay away from those
unless you're doing some sort of historical look at something. Like, if you're doing
a historical view of the war, you might want to look at what they were saying in 1999.
But otherwise, stick to reports that are more recent. Finally, the databases that I'd
like to recommend if you're looking for newspaper articles, and this might be the
place to go if you are looking for something about the Cincinnati Reds, or the Bengals,
or something like that because it will index some local newspapers as well. I would suggest
going to either Newspaper Source, or Newsbank Newsfile. If you're looking for international
newspapers, Newsbank Newsfile has a pretty good selection of international newspapers.
So to get to either one of these databases, you would simply go to "articles and databases",
and choose "N" from the alphabetically list, and follow the trail for the database
you're seeking. In this case, I've recommended databases that might be helpful for your searches
for English 101, but there will be times that you'll be searching for another class. So
if you want to know what is the best database to use for, say, a chemistry class; you can,
instead of going to the alphabetical list, go to "list databases by subject" and
open this drop down. Then, if you wanted chemistry, you could click right here and it would give
you a list of the databases recommended for that particular discipline. So that's another
really good way to locate the databases that will be helpful for you for a particular research
problem. You will be learning more as you attend other library sessions, but I just
wanted to give you this helpful hint in case you're doing research in the meantime. So,
do you feel like you need more help finding databases or did you not understand something
in this tutorial? There is a way to get help, let me tell you about that. To receive help
from Steely library, all you have to do is look on any of the Steely library web pages,
in the bottom left hand corner, and select the "Ask Steely library" button, and choose
the method that you'd like to use to get help. It's that simple! We hope you'll
use "Ask Steely library" whenever you need help with learning more about our databases
or anything else in Steely library.