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Tips on Searching Databases
- Limit your results to Full-Text so the database only provides you with the full text and not just the citation.
- If you want to narrow your results look for suggested subject headings to limit your results to that topic
- Before reading the whole text of the article browse the abstract. The abstract is a short summary of the article and will help you decided if the article addresses your topic. Some databases also supply subject terms. These can be useful keywords to search.
- Email yourself a copy of the article (there should be an email button near the article) to ensure you have a copy of the article. Any email address will work (it doesn't have to be your WCC email). Emailing the article will also include a citation of the article you can use in your works cited page
- Keep in mind the type of source you are look at. Databases commonly provide access to newspapers, magazines and scholarly journals.
Types of Periodicals in Databases
Types of periodicals found in databases along with their characteristics
Newspapers: Written for general readers on a wide variety of topics. Published daily.
Magazines: Also for current topics, written for general readers with no background in the subject. Not as frequently published as newspapers but offer more detail.
Academic Journals: Longer research reports by specialists, written for other specialists. Can be quite technical. (Also called Scholarly / Peer Reviewed / Professional Journals)
Database Search Help
WCC Library subscribes to a wide range of databases. You must be a current student, staff, or faculty member to use these databases. (See the Work Off-Campus tab above.) You may view a complete listing of the library's databases or click on the links on the left to search databases that are recommended for your Term Project.
Remember to apply the Search Strategies outlined under the Search Strategy tab. Do not type in whole sentences.
Enter your keywords in the search boxes. Before running your search, set your limiters using the limiter boxes below (use the dropdowns under this tab to see how to set your search parameters, view your results and save and send just the abstract or the entire article.)
Use the tips under the Search Strategy tab to develop a list of keywords to search. Do not type in whole sentences.
If you are off campus, you will need to log-in using your MyWCC username and password.
To access the full list of wcc databases click our database link