WEBVTT 00:00:01.653 --> 00:00:06.794 Hello, I’m Bud, and I’m going to show you why you need library databases for research. 00:00:07.930 --> 00:00:11.819 By now almost everyone is familiar with searching the web. 00:00:11.819 --> 00:00:15.102 But have you ever stopped to think of what you’re searching? 00:00:15.102 --> 00:00:19.678 Google, Bing, and Yahoo only give you free access to what companies and people 00:00:19.678 --> 00:00:21.928 have made available to the public. 00:00:21.928 --> 00:00:25.277 This is great if you’re shopping or browsing movie trailers; 00:00:25.277 --> 00:00:28.940 but is limited when you need to find information for research. 00:00:28.940 --> 00:00:33.980 Unfortunately, unlimited access to reliable information is restricted 00:00:33.980 --> 00:00:36.317 because many publishers want to be paid. 00:00:36.317 --> 00:00:39.735 They won’t give free access to their copyrighted content. 00:00:39.735 --> 00:00:43.854 On the web, anyone can create a website on any subject whether they are 00:00:43.854 --> 00:00:49.211 an authority or not. No one is policing the web. This makes it hard to find 00:00:49.211 --> 00:00:52.561 credible information, which is important when you’re doing research. 00:00:52.561 --> 00:00:56.935 Also, search engines can give you millions of results for each search and 00:00:56.935 --> 00:00:59.768 only give you a few options to narrow it down. 00:00:59.768 --> 00:01:04.460 So it’s hard to scan the results and find the exact information you’re looking for. 00:01:04.460 --> 00:01:07.496 Now, let me tell you about databases. 00:01:07.496 --> 00:01:11.890 Databases allow you to find information not freely available on the web. 00:01:11.890 --> 00:01:14.566 They search thousands of articles and books. 00:01:14.566 --> 00:01:18.515 You can also find images, charts, and primary sources. 00:01:18.515 --> 00:01:20.956 Some cover a range of topics. 00:01:20.956 --> 00:01:24.782 Others are more focused on specific subjects such as literature, education, 00:01:24.782 --> 00:01:27.281 or controversial issues. 00:01:27.281 --> 00:01:30.749 You’ll want to choose a database based on your research topic. 00:01:30.749 --> 00:01:34.897 The articles in databases are from popular magazines, newspapers, 00:01:34.897 --> 00:01:38.608 trade journals, and encyclopedias. You’ll also find scholarly and 00:01:38.608 --> 00:01:42.976 peer-reviewed articles. They’ve been chosen because they are written by credible authors 00:01:42.976 --> 00:01:47.502 such as journalists, researchers, and experts in their fields. 00:01:47.502 --> 00:01:51.461 Just like when you search the web, you’ll still get lots of results. 00:01:51.461 --> 00:01:55.082 However, databases give you more control over your results 00:01:55.082 --> 00:01:57.157 with powerful search tools. 00:01:57.157 --> 00:02:01.927 Some will suggest additional keywords to use to narrow down your topic. 00:02:01.927 --> 00:02:05.890 You can further refine your results by limiting to a date range, 00:02:05.890 --> 00:02:08.298 publication type, and full text. 00:02:08.298 --> 00:02:12.453 Once you find a worthwhile article, a formatted citation is often available 00:02:12.453 --> 00:02:14.681 to copy and paste into your paper. 00:02:15.543 --> 00:02:19.063 Library databases are filled with credible content and give you 00:02:19.063 --> 00:02:22.138 powerful search tools to find relevant results. 00:02:22.138 --> 00:02:26.638 When you search a database instead of the web, you will spend less time searching 00:02:26.638 --> 00:02:29.752 and find better information to support your research.