Types of Databases

The two types of databases that you will be using are: library catalogs and article databases.

Library catalogs

Online Catalog

organize all of the materials a library purchases. These include records for books, magazines, journals, newspapers, videos, sound recordings, dissertations, electronic books, etc.

The online catalog does not include articles.

Article databases are used to identify articles on a topic.

Academic OneFile

Some article databases such as Academic OneFile are general or multidisciplinary.


Many databases specialize in a particular subject area, such as psychology, education, or business.

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