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Library Lingo for Normal People: Databases

A guide to help non-librarians understand the terms and phrases we librarians throw around willy-nilly.

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What is a database?

Databases are huge search engines filled with scholarly articles, magazine, and newspaper articles. Databases exist so that you don't have to search thousands of separate journals to find the article you want.

Databases usually contain articles on a specific subject area.


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Use the Contact links to the left to contact a librarian by phone, e-mail, or instant message. We're glad to help! In addition to the reference librarian who is on duty, you can also contact the library liaison for your academic area for help using resources related to your program.

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