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Databases are an organized collection of information. Commonly, the term "databases" refers to electronic or computer databases. Databases consist of records, which in turn consist of fields.

A popular example is an address book. Each record consists of a record for one person. Each record contains fields for name, street, city, state and zip code.

In libraries, databases are used for catalogs and indexes. Each record represents a single item or document, and specific fields hold author name, title, and publishing information.

Types of databases

To start

  1. Visit
  2. Click the Databases icon.
  3. The databases are arranged two ways:
    1. Database subjects are by department/discipline.  After clicking education, for example, you will see a list of databases that are related to education.
    2. Browse by title is by the specific name of the database.

Even though you are an education student, the database subject(s) you select will depend on the TOPIC of your research.  If you are researching Alzheimer’s disease, you would search the databases in the business, economics, psychology, sociology, philosophy, and gerontology disciplines.

Visit the databases page for more databases.