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English 1013 - Composition I: What is a database?

Library Databases

Your best bet when doing any type of research for course assignments is to use the library databases. When you search using Find It, you are searching one kind of database.  However, there are many more to choose from, each focused on a certain kind of resource or focused around a certain subject.  Library databases were built with you--the researcher--in mind, and include many tools to help you organize, cite, and save the scholarly resources you find.

What is a Database?

A database is an electronic collection of information that is organized so that it can easily be accessed, managed, and updated. is a familiar database as is the library's catalog, Find It. The library also subscribes to over 200 scholarly and research databases.  You can browse them all here:


Basic Database Searching

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Multi-subject Databases

Why Should I Use the Library Databases?

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