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Writing 10 (Haner): Select a Database

Reading & Composition

What is a Database?

A database is is an organized and searchable collection of information.

Library databases provide access to more academic content than what you can find in Google. In many of your courses, you will be asked to use scholarly peer-reviewed journal articles or magazine and newspaper articles. While you can find some for free online, many of these, particularly journals, are only available via subscriptions.

What are the Library Databases?

Northeastern Illinois University (NEIU), Ronald Williams Library (1:22)

Selecting a Database

The UC Merced Library has over 700 databases. It can be overwhelming to decide, but there are two things you can do to help.

  • Use the All Subjects limiter in the database A-Z list (Databases tab on the library website) to pinpoint databases related to a certain subject area.
  • Read through the recommended database descriptions to see what kind of content the databases contain.

Finding Databases at UC Merced

Learn how to find databases and how to narrow down by database subject area, full-text availability, etc. (1:14)