Sunday, December 2, 2007

How to browse E-Library Collection...

I stopped counting how many online databases the Libraries currently subscribes when its collection passed 100 databases a long time ago. Initially, when we say "databases," they usually meant one type of database, that is, "abstracting & indexing database." This type of database is a collection of bibliographic records and abstracts. This is a tool to locate your sources, such as journal articles, books, or government documents, for your research. As the library resources shifted to electronic resources from print ones, we gained a wide range of databases. So now days, many databases can contain "abstracting & indexing" features, but the unit of records can be images, statistics, maps, e-books, journal articles, or any other academically significant types of information.

So, how do you know which database to tap into to work on your assignment or project? If you are a beginner to E-Library collection, you can explore what kind of databases are at your disposal by browsing E-Library menu.

Here is an online instruction showing how you can browse E-Library Menu.

And of course, if you are overwhelmed with the number to go through, consult with your library staff at Dafoe Reference Desk. You can visit the Desk in person or call 474-8744 during its business hours. Or alternatively, click "Ask a Librarian" on the Libraries home page.

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