Online databases are invaluable resources for researchers. They make discovering and locating relevant scholarly material extremely efficient. At the same time, it is important to understand that there are different kinds of databases, and scholars need to be able to distinguish between these different types and to select the appropriate databases for their research needs. Here are some brief overviews of different types of databases.
Subject databases cover a specific discipline or sub-discipline or a specific interdisciplinary area. For example, Business Source Premier contains popular and scholarly materials covering all aspects of business and finance. Subject databases will help you access the most in-depth range of materials and typically should be your first choice.
Interdisciplinary databases, cover a wide range of disciplines, and often index resources from scholarly and popular sources. Academic Search Premier and the Social Science Premium Collection are examples of interdisciplinary databases. While convenient, these databases can provide an overwhelming number of results, and you'll need to be mindful of the lens or disciplines that information you find is coming from.
Interdisciplinary databases like Academic Search Premier and the Social Science Premium Collection will lead you to a wide variety of popular and scholarly resources that come from a broad array of disciplines.
If your article is not available at Collins Library, you've got another option to getting it: our Interlibrary loan service.
You'll need to activate your account the first time you use it and log in subsequently.
Once you have an account, either go directly to ILL and manually enter the information, or, if you're using a database, look for a shortcut link to automatically fill out the form, like this:
Allow at least a week for the article to come. If your article is delivered in electronic format, you'll receive an email with a link to follow as soon as it's arrived. If it's delivered in paper, you'll receive it right in your campus mailbox.
This guide highlights only a small portion of the many resources available to you. If you're not finding what you need, don't hesitate to contact Andrea!
Social Sciences Liaison Librarian
tel: (253) 879-2875
office: Collins Library 141
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