WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A LIBRARY DATABASE OR ONLINE RESOURCE AND A
A library database is an online resource to which
the library subscribes that contains articles and other information from print
sources such as magazines, newspapers, journals, and reference books. Although
these resources are delivered by the Internet and look like websites, most of
the information you find in a library database cannot be found by searching
Google or Yahoo. A good example is Consumer Reports:
on the CR website, you can find a reference to an article containing
the information you need, but CR charges for that article.
However, your library database not only provides that article for you to print,
download, and share, but it also allows you to research your subject or keyword
in other non-consumer oriented magazines, such as Family Handyman or
Popular Mechanics or Home Theater.
TWO TYPES OF DATABASES/ONLINE RESOURCES THE LIBRARY PROVIDES:
- Reference Database
A reference database provides
facts, statistics, and background information about specific subjects. For
instance, Biography Resource Center provides biographical information from
reputable encyclopedias and other books. Science Resource Center provides
information about numerous scientific topics. And the
Literature Resource Center contains biographies and literary criticism of
major authors and their work.
- Article Database
An article database provides access to
thousands of articles from magazines, newspapers, and journals. Many of these
are full-text articles which you can read online, print, and share. At times,
there will only be an abstract - which is a summary of the article, or just a
citation - which gives the information necessary to find a print version of the
article. Examples of databases with significant article content are Business
Source Premier, Academic Search Premier, and MasterFILE Premier.
WHEN DO I USE THE LIBRARY DATABASE?
- To find authoritative articles and information not available on the web.
- To save time on your research, instead of wasting valuable time looking
through irrelevant and untrustworthy websites.
- To look for statistical information.
- To look for an encyclopedic overview of a specific topic.
WHO PAYS FOR THESE SUBSCRIPTIONS DATABASES?
these databases comes from:
HOW DO I ACCESS A LIBRARY DATABASE FROM A LIBRARY COMPUTER?
All library databases can be accessed from a Carver County Library computer by
clicking on the “In-library access” link. Exceptions are
certain programs accessible only from Law Library computers.
HOW DO I ACCESS A LIBRARY DATABASE FROM MY COMPUTER?
To access our databases from your computer, even if it’s a laptop you
brought into the library, click on the “Outside the library access” link.
You will be taken to a page to verify your last name, barcode, and PIN.
Enter the information, then click the “Submit” button to land on the
database’s search page.
- Forgot your pin? Just call one of our
locations during open hours and we will reset it for you.
HOW DO I SEARCH FOR INFORMATION ON A LIBRARY DATABASE?
Our databases have “help” pages to assist you in performing an efficient
and rewarding search.
Important Note: Carver County Library is not responsible
for the content or accuracy of the information provided on external
websites. The inclusion of a link does not constitute an endorsement by the
library of that website.