But why should you care about library databases? Aren't they just a librarian thing? I'd be willing to bet you have a research need right now that could be met by just the right database - but you're probably spending an awful lot of time Googling instead. What makes library databases unique?
- They often offer full-text access to articles and other forms of information you simply cannot obtain off the free Internet: Full-text magazine and newspaper articles, going back many decades; Encyclopedia entries, complete with photos, high quality maps and statistical information; Specialized information from medical, legal and academic resources; Business and demographic information, to help you research an employer, an investment, a business partner or, put together a mailing list of prospects.
- They can be searched very specifically - you can not only enter your search terms but you can also ask for results from specific dates, publications, authors, SIC codes and a lot more.
- Some databases cover many subject areas, while some are subject-specific. At DPPL, we've taken a lot of the guesswork out of your research by creating helpful "Subject Guides," which include appropriate databases. When you want a wide variety of opinions on a topic, and want it from easily read news and magazine sources, use a general database. When you need expert opinions and the highest level of professional quality, reach for the more subject specific databases.
- And now, you can search many databases at the same time, including our Library Catalog of books, videos and music. If you've never even tried to search a library database, you can start with our new "1 Search" service, which allows you to search many databases, either by checking off the specific ones you want or letting 1 Search choose for you, by picking a subject category. Look for 1 Search here, on our main database page.