Welcome to the wonderful world of database searching! There is a lot of information in this tab, so take your time, study the videos and tutorials, maybe take some notes, and then dive in and get your hands dirty. Even if you have lots of experience searching library databases, you may still learn something new.
You can get to our database list by clicking on this button on CSM Library's home page:
We have over fifty (50) databases, many of which focus on specific areas of study. The ones you will use most are probably ProQuest Central, Academic Search Premier, and Credo Reference all of which are general area databases.
What is a database, anyway?
In the context of a library, it usually means a collection of articles which the library pays to access (and allows you to access for free!). Most of these articles cannot be found on the general internet (so Google won't find them). To learn more, watch this video, created by a student at Yavapai College.
Wondering what "peer review" means? Watch this video from the librarians at North Carolina State University.
If you are searching for a particular article or journal, it would take forever to search every single database we have. Fortunately, we have a quick index of every single journal, magazine, newspaper, and ebook etc. that we have and where to access it. This is called E-journal Portal:
Database Searching Tips from CSM Librarians
Would you like to find articles about your topic? Check out this short video about Subject Headings from the amazing librarians at Western University ...