A database is a collection of information (citation information and/or full text of sources) that has been organized and is searchable. Database providers are the companies that provide access to specific databases. This is similar to how streaming services work, where a company (such as Netflix) provides access to specific TV shows (such as Stranger Things).
Each database provider may look different and include different subjects or types of source, but ALL database providers share common features:
See below for more information about the database providers for CSM's library databases, or check out the tabs in the left column for tips on using databases from each provider.
ProQuest includes multiple databases including multidisciplinary, subject-specific, eBook collections, reference, and more. Types of sources include scholarly journals, eBooks, newspapers, magazines, trade journals, dissertations and theses, case studies, market/industry reports, company profiles, working papers, conference proceedings, and streaming video.
ProQuest One Academic searches across all of ProQuest's databases. There are also options to search specific databases or collections such as:
EBSCO hosts multiple databases including multidisciplinary, subject-specific, eBook collections, and reference databases. Many of these databases provide full text of sources such as journal articles, newspapers, magazines, eBooks, reports, topic overviews, and more.
Popular databases from EBSCO include:
Gale databases include multidisciplinary, subject-specific, and eBook collections. These databases provide full text of sources such as journal articles, newspapers, viewpoint essays, eBooks, reports, topic overviews, and more.
Infobase databases include CREDO Reference and the Infobase Academic eBook Collections.
Oxford University Press Databases include reference materials and eBooks.
PubMed Central (PMC) is a free full-text archive of biomedical and life sciences journals from the U.S. National Institute of Health's National Library of Medicine (NIH/NLM). PMC is part of a larger network of PubMed/MEDLINE (which compiles citations and may include links to full text content from PMC or publisher websites), MeSH (Medical Subject Headings controlled vocabulary thesaurus), and MedlinePlus (online health information resource for patients).
Part of LexisNexis, Nexis Uni provides news sources along with subject-specific content for business (company information), criminal justice (cases and law reviews), and political science (publications and country information).