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COMM 1110: Databases


A database is an intentional, organized collection of data that can be efficiently retrieved. In libraries, you usually think of article databases, but there are also databases of videos, art, statistics, etc.



Advanced Searching works best for most databases.      Like this:

Searching: Academic Search Complete

Box 1  You may want to begin by searching a broad topic.

Then browse results to find one or more relevant articles that interest you. What terms does the database use to describe these articles in their subjects or abstracts? What are related words? You may want to modify your search as you find better or different terms.

AND Box 2   Focus your search using a second box with additional keywords. You may string similar words together in the box using OR between the words. Also, refine using limiters in the left-side menu – date, scholarly/peer-reviewed journals, subject and others.

AND Box 3  You may want to narrow further. One way to search multiple terms at  once is by using the *. Psychol* will find articles including words that begin with psychol, like psychology and psychological, etc.

Find It

In your list of database search results, some citations will not include the full text of the article.

When that happens, in most Dalton State databases you will see a tool called to help you access the full text of articles.

The button will link you to the articles if they are available in other DSC library databases.

If that doesn't help, use:

All Roberts Library Databases

Useful Websites


Try this:

  • Go to GALILEO
  • Advanced Search
  • Check "Biography" under Discipline
  • Type the name of the person you are researching

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Stephen Colbert makes some excellent points. But, for getting started, Wikipedia makes sense if you need an overview. Do NOT quote or cite Wikipedia for serious academic or professional work! Find other sources!