Use BenSearch to locate items related to your subject in Lisle's collection.
Limit for "Books" / "Available Online" or "Open Access" to find ebooks.
Click on the book's title and the full record will open up. Scan the record for phrases like
Available to people from CARLI member institutions.
Clicking on that phrase will open up the book's table of contents. From there you can pick the most relevant chapter and skim; or you can go to the book's index and find the exact pages dealing with your topic.
Don't forget to make a bibliographic notecard right from the library's record so you will have all the information you will need for your reference list.
A database is a searchable collection of information. A research database is where you find journal, magazine, and newspaper articles. Each database contains thousands of articles published in many different journals, allowing you find relevant articles faster than you would by searching individual journals.
Some databases provide the full text of articles. Others provide abstracts, or summaries, only.
Searching a Library database is different from searching the Internet.
|Examples||Google, Wikipedia||Academic Search Complete, JSTOR, OVID, ScienceDirect|
|Authority/Credentials||Anyone can publish and anyone does. Difficult to verify credentials. Results are not always scholarly.||Authority/credentials are guaranteed. Most articles are scholarly and peer-reviewed.|
|Results||Thousands. Duplicates are not filtered out. Many are not scholarly.||Hundreds or fewer. Duplicates are filtered out. You can limit to full text.|
|Relevance||Lots of “noise” because there are no subject headings assigned. Information can be biased, untrue, or irrelevant.||Databases focus on specific subjects. Offer fewer but more relevant results. Results are from scholarly publishers and authors.|
|Limiters||Can limit by document type (pdf, doc) and source (gov, org, com)||Can limit by date, document type, language, format, peer reviewed status, full text availability, and more.|
|Stability of information||Information from the Internet is unstable. It can disappear at any time. Researchers will often be asked to pay a fee to access journal articles. (Note: These articles are available to you via the Library as part of your tuition.)||Databases are a collection of articles that have appeared in journals. This makes their status more stable than the Internet. The information is paid for by subscription to be offered as part of a student’s tuition.|
Selecting the best research databases for your topic is an important step. You need to locate databases that cover your topic within the date range you need.
Find all of our databases on the Academic Databases page (from the Library website, click "Databases" in the menu bar). Use the "Subjects" dropdown menu to select your discipline. Skim through the list of databases to learn: