WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A LIBRARY DATABASE OR ONLINE RESOURCE AND A WEBSITE?
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?
Funding for these databases comes from:
HOW DO I ACCESS A LIBRARY DATABASE FROM A LIBRARY COMPUTER?
Almost all library databases can be accessed from a Carver County Library computer. 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, click on "I'm using my own computer”. 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.