Find Better Sources with the Database List
This video will show you how to search for relevant sources using the A-Z Database List at the University of Guelph.
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Narrator: Need to do research for your assignment but having issues finding sources? You can find better sources by searching in the right database! Databases can include sources for multiple subjects or specific subjects and offer a range of resources such as articles, reports, datasets, videos, and more!
The University of Guelph has access to hundreds of databases. To help you choose the right database, our Database List has many, easy-to-use features that can help you search for a database based on subject and resource type and connect you to your course guide, a curated list of library-recommended resources specifically for your course!
[From the University of Guelph Library home webpage, click on the Find Tab, choose Name of Resource, and then Database List to navigate to the A-Z Database List webpage. Use the drop-down menus at the top of the page to select databases by subject, type or vendor. If you choose a subject like ‘ACCT – Accounting,’ links to course-specific guides will appear to the right of the page.]
We asked three students to use the database list to find the right database for their assignments. Let's see how it went!
[Student 1] Hi! My name is Dino. I’m looking for a database with Canadian content. I’m going to search “Canadian” in the search bar. I can browse the titles and descriptions to find a suitable database! Before I try another search, I should probably clear my filters.
[Dino clicks on the ‘Clear Filters/Browse all Databases’ button at the top of the page.]
[Student 2] Hi! My name is Opal and I’m a history student. First, I’m going to find “history” in the subject drop-down list. My assignment requires me to find primary source documents. So I’m going to filter my results under “Database Types” by “Primary Sources.”
[Student 3] Hi! My name is Lazer and I’m a first-year commerce student. While looking for databases for my assignment, I noticed the course guide for my class: MGMT 1000! From there I can see a list of library-recommended databases for my class.
[Lazer selects ‘MGMT – Management’ from the Subjects drop-down window of the A-Z Database. He sees a link to the MGMT 1000 course guide on the right-hand side of the page. The course guide contains a list of databases, including Business Source Complete.]
Narrator: Using a combination of search features in the database list can help you find the perfect database! Try it out yourself!
Need more help? Email, chat, or drop-by!
[Get help via chat or email via the Library website, phone us at 519-824-4120 ext 53617 or visit the AskUs Desk]
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