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Module One

WHY USE THE DATABASES

You might wonder why you need to use the databases at all when you can find whatever you need online. It may seem that way, but this is not always the case. Module Three will give you some strategies for finding reliable information online, but for information you know you can trust, use the library databases. Your professors, in fact, will insist on it, as articles from scholarly journals are a necessary part of research. When you use the library databases, a wealth of information is just a few clicks away, saving you time and frustration.
For example, if you need to:

periodicals

FIND JOURNAL ARTICLES

Citations and full-text articles can be found by searching databases such as ProQuest, EBSCOhost, MasterFile Complete, and Opposing Viewpoints in Context,.

periodicals

FIND NEWSPAPERS

LexisNexis is an especially good source for newspaper articles, as is Newspaper Source Plus. Other journal databases also contain newspapers articles. Also try the Wall Street Journal Archives.

periodicals

FIND FACTS QUICKLY AND STATISTICS QUICKLY

Use databases such as Facts on File, Credo Reference, Oxford Reference Online, Britannica Academic, Funk & Wagnalls New World Encyclopedia, and Statista.

law books

FIND LEGAL INFORMATION

WestlawNext, LexisNexis, and Legal Information Reference Center provide legal information, including court cases, federal and state codes, and law journal articles.

charts

FIND BUSINESS INFORMATION
Find business information, articles,and company profiles in databases such as ABI/INFORM, Business Source Complete, JSTOR Business Collection, LexisNexis, D&B Business Browser, Small Business Reference Center, and others.

Information on many other topics, medical, human resources, taxes, demographics, and even genealogy can be found within the subscription databases.

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