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Continuing Education

Continuing Education Guide for Instructors and Students

What is a Database and Search Tips

What is a database?

  • A Library Database is an online product purchased by the university that allows authenticated users to search its contents. Databases provide access to valuable resources, such as scholarly journal articles, magazine articles, news articles, data, reports, eBooks and much more, to help you with your research.

Online Access to Electronic Resources & Databases:

  • If you are accessing electronic resources from off-campus you will be asked to "authenticate" that you are currently registered at the U of C.
  • How to authenticate - easy to follow instructions and troubleshooting tips to log into library resources.

Using Boolean operators can help you when you are searching in a database.

  • AND - If you search Writing AND Grammar the results will include articles that contain BOTH search terms. In this case, articles that pertain to grammar in writing.
  • OR - If you search Writing OR Grammar the results will expand to include everything in the database pertaining to both writing and grammar, but not necessarily in the same article.
  • NOT - If you search Writing NOT Grammar the results will filter out articles that have to do with grammar and retrieve articles on writing, excluding grammar.
To maximize retrieval, you can opt to use truncation * in your search term. Be careful not to cut the original word too short as then you will receive unwanted results about other terms.

For example - librar* will result in articles on library, libraries, librarians, etc.

Helpful Databases

Try Google Scholar for Scholarly Literature:

The following databases are excellent sources for news articles, both global and national: