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Searching for Articles: 1. What Is A Database And How Do I Choose One?


 These are some common rules of databases. However, not all databases may follow them.

  • Use parentheses to group complicated search requests.
  • Use quotation marks to group phrases. 
  • The most common truncation symbols are * and ?
  • Most databases use AND as a default Boolean term. 
  • Capitalize Boolean terms.

See the dropdowns under the tab labeled Creating a Great Search for more details


A database is an organized collection of information. Academic Search Complete, Gale Virtual Reference, and the Library Catalog are examples of databases.

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Article databases provide you with 24-7 access to magazine, journal and newspaper articles. To help you identify the most appropriate database for your research topic:

Article Databases In 5 Minutes

Credit: North Carolina State University Libraries