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Library Research 101: Database Basics

Database Basics

Databases are library tools that help you locate articles, books, and media on a particular topic or by a specific author.


  • Contain scholarly articles
  • Contain abstracts of articles
  • Can contain millions of articles
  • Can be called periodical or article indexes        
  • Contain citation information needed for bibliographies
  • Can contain media, books, statistics, and more