Library Lingo: Database

March 9, 2009 – 8:28 AM

A database in library-speak isn’t something in Microsoft Access – we use this term to refer to the online sites that collect journal articles and make them searchable by keyword.  Popular library databases include JStor, Academic Search Complete, and Medline.  These databases are often provided by private companies (brand names you will see a lot include Ebsco and CSA), and UGA subscribes to them, paying an annual fee for access to the full-text articles.  GALILEO is the UGA library’s interface to find which one of our hundreds of databases is right for you.  If you know a database’s name, like JStor, you can use the alphabetical links to find it.  If you aren’t sure which database is right for you, you can use the subject browser in GALILEO to look at the databases librarians recommend for your subject, from Accounting to Women’s and Gender Studies (sorry, there’s no Z – Zoology is under Biological Sciences!)

Bottom line?  If you want articles – scholarly journal articles, peer-reviewed articles, newspaper articles, or popular magazine articles – use a database. Find the right one in GALILEO or ask a librarian for advice.

The library database Jstor - at the University of Ghana in Accra! Courtesy of the Aluka Digital Library at Flickr.

The library database Jstor - at the University of Ghana in Accra! Courtesy of the Aluka Digital Library at Flickr.

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