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How to Use The Library Databases: What is Database?

Use these videos to learn how to use the library databases then use sample searches or tips sheets to reinforce your learning..

Who can use the library databases?

  • Everyone Resident of Nevada who has a LVCCLD Library Card can use the State Databases from our website. (Click the link below to see a list)
  • If you live within the LVCCLD Taxing District you can use ALL the databases. (Henderson, North Las Vegas & Boulder City are NOT in this taxing district)
  • Students who have a Quick Start Card (regardless of where you live) can use all databases including eMedia, Zinio, Freegal, and Hoopla.

Search multiple databases with EBSCO Discovery Service

Need to look for journal articles, magazines, or reference books?  

But don't know where to start?  Try EBSCO Delivery Service! EDS searches multiple databases, not just EBSCO products.

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Research in Context

Research in Context will search across homework databases and eBooks (GVRL) designed for grades K-12. Use this search box  when you are not sure which database to choose.

Why Should I Use a Database?

Why should I use the Library’s databases instead of information found via an Internet search?

Why Databases Video

Free Web Library Databases
Shallow information on many topics In-depth research on many subjects
Long, unorganized lists of links Well-organized by topics
Often biased, unreliable, or inaccurate Authoritative, accurate, checked by experts
Best information is proprietary and often fee-based to patrons All database information free
Do-it-yourself searches only Professional librarian assistance

How can I use Gale resources to help me conduct research online?

What is a Database?

A database is a collection of  information, which you normally can’t get on the Internet. Sometimes the information is an electronic version of a book. Sometimes it’s information that you can’t get any other way.

A database might be

  • A multimedia encyclopedia
  • A collection of magazine articles
  • Company information
  • Articles from scholarly journals
  • Maps and geographic information
  • Biographies of famous people
  • Genealogical information
  • Information about your favorite author
  • Or almost anything else!

How do I get the full-text of an article?

You successful find a citation for a magazine or newspaper article in one of the library’s databases and you’ve got to have the full text.  What do you do?

Many of the databases index the same magazines. Some provide full-text of the articles and others do not.  Here are some tips & tricks to find them: