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Research Methods: Library Databases

Basic Approach to a Research Project

What are Library Databases?

What Are Library Databases?   

The basic definition of a library database:

    A library database is an electronic catalog or index, often contains information about published items, and is searchable.

Types of material found using library databases are:

    Articles from Journals and Magazines
    Electronic Books
    Reference Sources

Library databases typically provide citation information about the items they index. A citation most often consists of:

    Title of Article
    Source (Title of Publication)
    Date of Publication

Some library databases provide abstracts of the items they index. Abstracts are summaries provided by the author or database publisher.

Some library databases provide the full text (entire article) of some of the items they index.

Library databases sometimes omit photos, graphs, charts, and figures from articles, but most will indicate that these have been omitted.

--Boston College University Libraries

Library Database Page

List of TMCC Library databases, with links and individual descriptions.


The databases listed in this Research Guide are available only to Truckee Meadows Community College students, faculty and staff. You will need your TMCC credentials (Username and Password) to access them off-campus.

During Library hours, you may contact the reference desk at 775-674-7602 for this information and additional research assistance. If time is not a factor, you may also email your password request.