These library services might be helpful:
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First, you need to know what tools you'll use. Then you'll need to know what you're looking for. So lets look at a few key points:
- Databases are ways of organizing and accessing many types and formats of information. Most of the databases the library offers contain articles from many different journals, magazines, and/or newspapers (though some also contain music audio files or scores) and are both searchable and browseable.
- So, what's the difference between journals, magazines, and articles and what do searchable and browseable mean?
- Journals are collections of articles on a particular subject - like magazines, except they're more specialized. They are written by scholars for scholars and frequently are peer-reviewed, which means that a group of scholars / experts in the field had to decide that the article was well enough written and researched to be published in the journal.
- Articles are sort of like the papers you write for class - except they're much longer, contain more in depth research, and are generally written by scholars.
- Searchable means you can search though all the articles in a database by Keyword (just like Google) or by Subject terms (sort of like tags in del.icio.us or amazon, but created by professionals / scholars in the specific field).
- Browseable means you can look through all the issues of a specific journal title within that database - sort of like pulling a copy off the shelf to look through, but electronically.
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