Module 4
Selecting an Index or Database

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Your library subscribes to a variety of online resources or indexes and databases. However, you may wonder what is in indexes or databases Understanding what these are and what kinds of information they contain can help you in identifying the correct one or ones for your research.

Here are a few of the most frequently used online databases and vendors that you may encounter as you seek evidence.

EBSCO Host EBSCO is a vendor who supplies a variety of databases to libraries. Their main product, Academic Search Premier, covers a broad range of topics and subject areas (popular, professional & scholarly) .
JSTOR JSTOR is a database that provides access to the full text backfiles of selected scholarly publications.
OCLC FirstSearch OCLC is a vendor who provides access to their databases through an interface called FirstSearch. This vendor offers access to both general and subject specific databases including WorldCat, MLA Bibliography, ERIC, and Medline.
CSA Cambridge Scientific Abstracts (CSA) is a vendor of science & social science databases and they provide access to databases such as PsycInfo which indexes scholarly and professional journals related to psychology.
ERIC The ERIC database indexes education journals & other reports, etc. (scholarly professional).
Lexis-Nexis Academic Universe Lexis-Nexis is the vendor who produces the full text database Academic Universe which is a news, law, business database offering full text access to newspapers, trade publications & law journals (general, professional & scholarly).

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