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What are Databases?
Databases are research tools that help you find articles in journals, magazines, or newspapers, or other information sources like books, book reviews, videos, and maps.
Some focus on a kind of source (like newspaper articles); most of DePauw's library of databases focus on scholarly research in a specific academic field.
Keywords are the words you will use to search electronic catalogs, databases and the Internet. You can miss lots of useful information if you don't use keywords effectively, because computers will only search on the terms you provide.
You should think about:
- synonyms (e.g. mobile telephones, cell phones)
- plural/singular forms (e.g. women, woman)
- spelling variations (e.g. globalisation, globalization)
- variations of a root word (e.g. feminism, feminist, feminine)
- acronyms (e.g. non-governmental organisation, NGO)
- regional & historic variations (e.g. Native American or Indian)
- broader and narrower terms (e.g. drugs - cannabis, heroin, cocaine)
- words which go out of everyday use, especially if searching for sources in history e.g. pauperism rather than poor
When you start searching note any useful alternative words that occur during your searches and add them to your keyword list.
from URL: http://collyers.libguides.com/research
Useful Databases for Classical Studies
Academic Search Complete
Articles (or article summaries) from scholarly journals, newspapers and popular magazines covering most academic disciplines. Some as far back as early 1900's, but mostly since about 1970. Free to all Indiana residents via INSPIRE.in.gov
Humanities Full Text
Articles from 300+ humanities journals, indexes 700. 1980+.
Journal article archive, covering humanities, social sciences and science. Begins with vol. 1, issue 1, 1800's, or even earlier (most titles exclude the most recent 3-5 years; some titles have current issue access).
Full-text articles from 500+ scholarly journals from major university presses; includes literature and criticism, history, performing arts, cultural studies, education, philosophy and religion, political science, medicine and health, gender studies.
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Different Types of Sources