Databases: Tools for finding articles
The best tool for searching for periodical articles is a periodical database. A database is any collection of information organized so you can search for information. A periodical database is a collection of articles, usually from many different periodicals.
A database is a collection of data organized so its contents can be easily accessed, managed, and updated. A database contains a record for each entry; each record contains a field for each type of information included in each record. In a periodical database, a record represents an article.
General periodical databases like ProQuest cover all subject areas, while subject specific databases like HealthSource give indepth access to periodical literature on a more focused subject area. Databases can include all or part of the full text of articles they cover. Look for a list of periodical databases on your library's Web site.
Databases have several advantages. They offer: