The Jefferson Learning Commons houses hundreds of thousands of resources such as scholarly articles, books, newspaper articles, videos, and more. Most of these can be found within our databases. If you've never used a database before they can be a bit intimidating. Here are a few of the questions that we typically hear regarding databases:
|"What is a database?"||Databases are collections of information resources that a company gathers from all over the world and put together in one place.|
|"Alright, what do I do?"||Your job as a researcher is to narrow your searches to find the background information, articles, eBooks, or other materials that will help you in your specific research.|
|"How do I narrow my searches?"||The use of keywords that help define your research is the best way to target information that can move your research forward.|
|"What if I need more help?"||Try using Ask a Librarian, sign up for a one-on-one tutoring session with a librarian, or check out our Using Databases Guide.|
Outside of these questions, there is still a lot to learn about databases. We've included a list of our most popular databases in the box below. The subpages (Reference Databases, Newspaper Databases, Subject Specific Databases, and Streaming Video) will dive deeper into the types of databases that the Learning Commons has available for the Jefferson community.