Searching the Library Databases: an Introduction

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Welcome to Searching the Library Databases: an Introduction. At the
conclusion of this module you will be able to: locate the library databases on the
Belk Library home page, perform a basic search in a library database, and
recognize features of the library databases.
Library databases search for articles from within scholarly journals, popular
magazines, newspapers, industry reports, and other types of publications.
One way to find articles is to use the Quick Search box.
Quick Search for articles allows you to search the following databases: Academic Search Complete, Business Search Complete, PsycINFO, Education Research Complete, Communication & Mass Media Complete, Environment Complete, and CINAHL Plus with Full Text.
Another way to find articles is to find a library database that covers your
subject area.
To see a complete list of library databases click on 'See All Databases' or
'View All Databases.'
The library databases are arranged by name and by subject.
General databases are a good place to begin searching for articles on any
Academic Search Complete is a good choice for research topics. It is a
multi-disciplinary database and it contains many full-text articles. This is
basic search screen for Academic Search Complete.
This sample searches for articles that discuss childhood obesity in the united
The keywords are, 'Children in obesity' and 'United States.'
To refine the search there are multiple limit options such as full-text,
scholarly peer-reviewed journals, publication date, and publication type.
Browse through your list of results,
mouse over the magnifying glass to see a summary of the article,
and click on 'PDF Full Text' to see the full text of the article.
To see the complete article record, click on the article title. Now you will see a
list of subject terms.
Click on the subject, 'Obesity in children' to find additional materials on this
specific topic. Subject terms, which are a feature of library databases, allow you
to narrow your search to highly relevant results. Internet search engines
such as Google and Yahoo do not have this feature.
From this record you also have the option to 'Add to Folder,' print, email, or
save this article.
In this module you have learned how to locate library databases on the Belk
Library home page, perform a basic search in a library database, and recognize
features of library databases.