How to choose a database?

Which database?

Choosing an appropriate database, or periodical index, is an essential part of research. How are you going to choose among those available from your library?

Library databases organize particular types of materials. Some index citations for government documents, conference proceedings, book reviews, or magazine and journal articles. Others, like your library catalog, keep track of what is in a particular location. Knowing what type of information you are looking for will make your selection easier.

Most library databases specialize in a particular subject. There are databases for education, business, anthropology, engineering, and architecture - virtually every academic discipline! Other databases are more general or multi-disciplinary, indexing popular and scholarly periodicals on a wide variety of topics.

Most Library web sites, including LSU's, list the available databases. A Reference Librarian can also recommend the best ones for your topic.

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