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What are databases and why you need them

In this video a Yavapai College student explains the benefits of using library databases for research over searching the web. [2.34 minutes]

Google Scholar

Google Scholar Search

Google Scholar is a good place to look if you can be specific about what you need.

Guides To Using Ara Databases

  • Find an article in a database (EBSCO) [PDF] [Video]
  • Find a Standard in Standards New Zealand database [PDF]
  • How to access O'Reilly eBooks [formerly Safari eBooks] [PDF]
  • How to access Vital Source ebooks [PDF]
  • Template example for search strategies to use in databases [PDF]
  • Using Gale Academic OneFile database [PDF]
  • Using eTV [PDF]
  • Using Proquest Central database [PDF]
  • Using Joanna Briggs database [Video]
  • Using Ovid nursing database [PDF] 
  • Using Pubmed [Video]
  • Using Pubmed, CINAHL, Proquest & Ovid to find MeSH headings [PDF]
  • Using Science Direct database [PDF]
  • Using LinkedIn Learning [PDF]
  • What is a peer-reviewed article [PDF]
  • Using Google Scholar and more [PDF]
  • What are primary and secondary sources [PDF]
  • Troubleshooting access to databases [PDF]
  • Clearing your cache in Chrome, Edge, Safari and Firefox [Website]

Book

What are boolean operators?

Encyclopedias & Dictionaries

Start your research by searching encyclopedias and dictionaries for definitions of key terms and background information.