What is a database anyway?
It might be helpful for you to think of a database as an electronic file cabinet stocked with tens of thousands of pieces of information in many different formats including (but not limited to): articles, images, film clips, maps and music. What makes databases so amazing is that they are arranged for easy access to specific information. For the purpose of academic research, databases beat the open web not only because they are easier to search, but also because the information in databases has been evaluated for authority and accuracy.
Gale Common Menu
The Gale Common Menu is a list of the databases available to us from Gale.
To search all the databases at once, start with PowerSearch.
What is PowerSearch?
If you prefer to limit the number of databases you are searching:
Keyword searching is like looking at an index in a book.
Subject searching is like looking at the Table of Contents.
Try searching both ways - you will get better results.
Be smart about the information you use!
Whenever you can, you should use databases for your school assignments instead of the open web. This is because in general, the articles in databases have already been evaluated for accuracy and authority. Even so, before printing you need to examine your search results and answer the following questions: