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General Library Research Tutorial

Fundamental concepts and vocabulary used in library and information research.

B. Types of Databases

Types of Databases 

Types of databases used for research include:

1. Library catalog an inventory of what is owned by a particular library. Primo is a catalog of books, videos, and other materials owned by the Andruss Library.


2. Article databases – a database used for finding citations to articles in periodicals (journals, magazines, newspapers).


         Many databases provide abstracts, or summaries, for each article.



         Some databases provide the full-text of periodical articles.


3. Reference books – the full-text of a reference book



4. Statistics – includes statistics, financial information, census data

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