Use a Research Database Students often use one or more research databases to locate information about a particular topic. Research databases often can be accessed in a public or school library, through a library’s website, or through the research database’s website. The following steps guide you through the process of using a research database:
a. Locate and then navigate to the research database that contains the information you are seeking. Consult a librarian if you need assistance in determining the exact database you should use.
b. Determine the location from which you can access the research database. For instance, you may need to access some research databases from a library computer. Other databases are accessible from anywhere if you can verify your identity as a library patron or a student. Some databases are available to the public at no charge or with no other restrictions.
c. Navigate to the research database you plan to use.
d. If the research database contains an option to perform an advanced search, tap or click the option to perform the advanced search.
e. Specify the search criteria. Note that not all research databases will request the same search criteria. The following list contains some common criteria: 1. Keywords 2. Author 3. Publication date 4. Publication type 5. Education level
f. Run the search.
g. Browse the search results and then tap or click the search result that interests you.
1. What are some reasons why you might want or need to use a research database?
2. What research databases are available through your school’s library?
3. Evaluate three research databases that you may need to use throughout your academic career. Which one do you like the most? Why? Which one do you like the least? Why?