Since the basic library search includes articles in its results, you may be wondering why you would bother to search in a journal article database. There are several reasons for using an individual database:
Noise - Say you're looking for information on zombies (computers that distribute spam) and you find articles on the walkingdead, philosophy, anthropology, and other subjects; using a database that specializes in computer literature lets you focus on your topic
Bells and Whistles - Some databases have specialized subject headings and powerful search features; most let you search within the full text of articles
Thoroughness - not all database articles are included in the library search, for technical reasons; Education Full Text and CINAHL (Cumulated Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature), some of LexisNexis Academic, and the databases on the Databases on the Web guide are not included in the Library Search
Index to approximately 10,000 periodicals covering a wide variety of subject areas, including thousands of peer-reviewed titles. Many are in full text. Includes full text of the New York Times from 1985. How to Use
A good, general-purpose periodical index. General Onefile includes more than 5,156 full-text titles; five newspaper indexes — a total of more than 9,200 titles in all. Also includes news items from 89 wire services, still images, video, and podcasts. How to Use
Includes newspapers and news transcripts, business resources, biography, and legal resources. Click More for details. How to Use
Over 6,000 publications. Full-text of over 350 newspapers from the U.S. and around the world, including The New York Times, and The Washington Post; hundreds of other news publications; broadcast transcripts from the major television and radio networks; political transcripts covering Congressional committee hearings, press briefings from the State, Justice, and Defense departments, and presidential news conferences; wire services; surveys and polls from the Roper Center for Public Opinion Research.
Has business and financial news, U.S. and international company financial information from government or private sources, market research, industry reports, and SEC filings.
Includes law reviews, state and federal statutes, codes, and regulations, case law, and other legal resources.
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