Answered By: Gabe Gossett
Last Updated: Dec 29, 2017     Views: 150

  • Databases are indexes to literature and other information sources.  At Western they are primarily used in order to find scholarly journal articles.
  • Index information varies from database to database.  Some include direct access to the full-text of articles and others only include information such as the journal, author, and abstract.
  • When a Western database does not include a link to the full-text of an article it should have a link to Findit!, which is a tool that checks with other databases in order to see if there is another way to get access to an article.
  • Databases will often include online versions of hundreds of thousands of articles from scholarly journals, popular magazines, newspapers, trade publications, and more.
  • Proprietory information: Reports and articles that you would have to pay for if you found them without using Western Libraries links.
  • When we don't have access to articles through one of our databases we can usually get it for you through ILLiad.

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