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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.

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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

Where Do I Start?

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

Part One – The Homepage

Select any In Context resource (see the list below) Open the resource. Take a few minutes to explore the homepage.

• What types of information can you find on this page?
• If you aren't sure what topic you want to research, what ideas and resources are available from the first page?
• If you had a topic you wanted to research, how would you conduct a search using this resource?

Part Two – Searching

Use the search box at the top of the page to search for the topic you select like "Global Warming".  Examine the
search results page.

• What types of information can you find on this page?
• How are these search results like what you would find in an Internet search?
•How are these search results unlike what you would find in an Internet search?

Part Three – Saving Items

Search for a topic. Examine the search results page.

•How would you mark an article that looks interesting so that you can return to it later?

Click the “Saved Items” link at the top of the page. Examine the page.

•What kinds of things can you do with your saved item?
•How can you use this feature in your research?

Part Four – Topic Pages
Click the “Browse Topics” link at the top of the page and select a topic to explore. Examine the Topic Page.

•What types of information can you find on a Topic Page?
•How is this information like what you would find in an Internet search?
•How is this information unlike what you would find in an Internet search?

Find the Tools box at the right of the Topic Page.

•What kinds of things can you do from here?
•How could you use these features in your research?

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: