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HIS 222, South: Library Databases

Pittsburgh: Past, Present and Future

Reference Databases and Article Databases: What's the Difference?

Reference Databases provide background information, statistics, and/or facts about subjects and topics from various print sources.  Some of these databases include periodical articles, too.
An example of a reference database: Modern World History Online. 

Article Databases are just that: databases providing periodical articles.   An article database allows you to search through thousands and thousands of periodical articles usually originating from their print sources.   Article databases usually provide at least citation information and an abstract (summary of the article); many provide the full text article.   You will note that most of our article databases come from Ebscohost.  An example of an article database:  Academic Search Complete. 

CCAC Libraries offer over 60 databases for your research needs, including Ebscohost databases.  Did you know you can search in more than one database at a time in Ebscohost?  Here is a link that explains how:

Reference Databases

Article Databases

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