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Top 10 Reasons to Use a Database

1. Your instructor will most likely be very impressed that you used a database instead of a web site.

2. Web pages are not always legitimate or reliable, they may be outdated and come and go.

3. Databases are subscriptions that the library pays for. As a student at Jacksonville State University, you benefit by having access to these electronic resources.

4. Because the information in databases is from publishers, not just anyone who can put up a Web page, articles have been checked for accuracy and reliability.

5. You don’t have to sort through vast numbers of irrelevant Web pages to find something important.

6. Easy to use. They also have tools that allow you to e-mail articles, search by author, and many more advanced features.

7. They contain newspaper, magazine and journal articles available to you free of charge as a registered user.

8. Some offer access to full text articles from peer reviewed publications, which many instructors require.

9. With databases such as CINAHL and Elsevier Science Direct, you can find information on a really wide range of health and science topics.

10. In many databases, you can save time by creating citations in the format you need. (APA, MLA, CBE, etc.)

(Based on list from Yavapai College, Prescott, AZ and Kansas State University Library’s Top 5 Reasons to Use a Database.)

JSU students, faculty and staff can now search databases from almost anywhere in the library by checking out a laptop from the 6th floor listening lab. Our policy is here: http://www.jsu.edu/depart/library/graphic/LaptopPolicy.pdf

To access databases, go to the JSU library home page at http://www.jsu.edu/depart/library/, Click on Databases/Electronic Resources. Questions? Ask a librarian, or call the Reference Desk at 256-782-8034

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