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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, like magazine and journal articles, websites, books or websites. Academic Search Complete, Gale Virtual Reference, Library Catalog, and even Google are examples of databases.

Credit: North Carolina State University Libraries

Norco College Library's 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: