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cycle of researching information

 CORI: cycle of researching information

Search for Information: Choosing a Database

Learning Objectives

After completing this module, you will be able to:
Determine your specific research need
Locate the different types of library databases
 Identify specific features of a database to determine if it meets the research need

Searching: Choosing a Database

Tips for Viewing and Using the Tutorials

How to view the tutorials

Click each item's “Access” button to open and view it in a new window. If you are off-campus, you will be taken to the CCAC login page to sign in.

Access tutorial button

How to navigate the tutorials

Tutorials will have navigation links across the top that you will use to advance through the pages. They will look similar to this:

After completing the tutorial, close the browser tab or window to return back to this page.

Access Video: Choosing a Database

general vs subject

General / Multidisciplinary Databases

Cover a wide range of topics
Include a mixture of popular and scholarly sources
Good for starting research for overview information

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Examples include:

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Subject Databases

Contain subject specific publications
Include more scholarly, peer reviewed publications
Good for in depth research in the field

Examples include:

Our Subject Guides contain robust listings of databases for each academic area.


As covered in Explore Source Types, check that the database includes the type of information that you need.

Our Subject Guides contain robust listings of databases for each academic area.

Print and eBooks cover virtually any topic, fact or fiction. For research purposes, you will probably be looking for books that synthesize all of the information on one topic.

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Access Library Catalog
Library Catalog - Print Books

Access EBSCO eBooks
EBSCO eBooks - Online Books

Reference and Overview sources contain brief, factual articles on many subjects and are often found in encyclopedias. These articles are useful to explore a topic when getting started with research.

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Magazines publish articles on topics of popular interest and current events. The articles are written by journalists and are for the general public.

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Journal articles are written by scholars in an academic or professional field. A peer reviewed process or editorial board reviews the articles to decide whether or not they should be published. Journal articles may cover very specific topics or narrow fields of research.

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Newspapers provide updated articles about current events and are a good source for local information.

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Videos and media clips can include full feature length films, documentaries, interviews, and instructional videos.

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