2. Finding Articles

Using Online Databases and Print Indexes

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What is a database, and why use it?

Online databases are searchable collections of records of publications from journals, magazines or newspapers; they are tools allowing you to find articles that have been published under a certain subject. While most databases provide you with only bibliographic information and abstracts (see example), some databases do contain complete articles for downloading.

An example of a bibliographic record from a database:

The effects of halothane and isoflurane on cardiovascular function in laterally recumbent horses. A. L. Raisis, K. J. Blissitt, W. Henley, K. Rogers, V. Adams, L. E. Young. BJA:International Journal of Anaesthesia Sept 15, 2005 v95 i3 p317(9) Abstract | NU Library Links

What is a print index?

Before online databases existed, print indexes were the tools researchers used to find publications in their field. Now, print indexes are still valuable sources for publications that are older and not covered in electronic databases.

What databases and print abstracts/indexes are available at NU Libraries?

The NU Libraries subscribe to about 100 electronic databases and many print indexes and abstracts that cover articles from journals, magazines, newspapers, conferences, and more, across a wide variety of subject fields. Go to our list of databases under Articles to find a complete list of the electronic databases available to you. To find a printed index, search NuCat or ask a reference librarian.

How do I choose a database or index?

Some databases are general in scope, such as Expanded Academic ASAP, while others are subject-specific, such as PsycInfo and BIOSIS. Take a look at the Library Subject Guide for your discipline; it gives you recommendations on databases you should use for searching.

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