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Spring '24 - EDUC 1300 - Almanza by Kara Dixon: Databases & Articles



Databases are like digital filing cabinets for storing and organizing lots of information.  Check out the library's databases so you can access academic journals (specialized magazines for scholars and researchers) and high quality academic articles.  These are the types of sources your college instructors (and maybe future employers) will expect you to use.

Not sure where to start?

Here are some ACC Library databases that may be helpful to your class assignments.  Remember, you may be prompted to log in with your ACC eID after clicking on the links. To see the complete list of ACC Library Databases, CLICK HERE

Reference Article Databases - A good place to start when you are getting familiar with your topic.  Encyclopedias are excellent for giving you foundational information.

 Check out Gale eBooks!
Online collection of general and subject-specific encyclopedias on all major topic areas.

Magazines, Newspaper, Journal Article Databases- These databases contain periodicals which publish information in a series.  Daily newspapers, monthly magazines and journals are all periodicals and the articles inside them are periodical articles.  

 Check out Academic Search Complete!
Scholarly articles, news, and research on topics in most subject areas.


Your Career Presentation Assignment

 Check out Ferguson's Career Guidance Center
Industry and professional articles, school planning resources and skills and career advice.

Finding Articles Tutorial

Try out searching in some of the library databases with the Finding Articles Tutorial.

The Layered Web

To think about the Layered Web, consider the image of the ocean from surface level to sea floor.  Surface level objects (boats and fish) represent  search engines like Google and Bing and other easily retried websites like wikipedia, Amazon, Blogs, News).  Below the fish are the whales which represent databases and academic journals.  Below that is a giant squid and submarine representing the Tor network or the dark web which includes political dissidents, illegal porn, drugs, stolen credit card information, etc.)

What are Databases and Why You Need Them


Some databases you may already use: Amazon, Netflix, Spotify, Gmail.  Elements of ACC Library databases: Scholarly sources, 144 databases, organized alphabetically or by subject, build in tools.

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