Library Databases are subscription collections (i.e. things that we pay to access) of research sources including: Periodical (Magazine, Newspaper, Trade Journal, Scholarly Journal) articles, electronic Reference Books, Images, Videos, Primary Documents and more.
So why do we pay for them when Google and the Web exist?
PASSWORDS for using Databases from Home are on CANVAS.
They are not posted directly on this page: Go to your Utility-Period course, click on "Library". Passwords are there. You must Log-in to CANVAS.CLICK HERE,
WHY USE GALE? Gale offers several different databases, including the "In Context" and "Resource Center" Databases, which group many different kinds of sources (Articles, Images, Primary Documents, Pro/Con essays, etc) by TOPIC. For Argumentative/Persuasive papers on current issues "Opposing Viewpoints" is the gold-standard.
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WHY USE SIRS Knowledge Source?: We have two SIRS databases: Issues Researcher organizes multiple content types by "Current Issue" Topics in a PRO/CON format, which is great for finding information for Argumentative / Persuasive communication. Government Reporter covers topics related to Policy, Procedure, and other workings of the US. Government
WHY USE BRITANNICA? To get background information and fuel better searches.
NOTE FOR THESIS WRITERS:
Britannica is an Encyclopedia, a tertiary source, that is useful for gaining background knowledge and understanding, but not worth citing in an academic paper.
WHY USE eLibrary? eLibrary is good for background and context information in multiple formats.