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What are Article Databases? (Video)
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Quick Summary: What are Articles and Databases?
Articles appear in magazines, newspapers, and journals. Scholarly articles appear in academic journals and they are written by researchers, professors and other experts.
Database are collection of different articles and are owned by companies like ProQuest or EBSCO. There are subject specific databases that allow you to search through millions of scholarly and popular articles in your subject area, thus making your life easier!
Articles appear in magazines, newspapers, and journals. Scholarly articles appear in journals and they are written by researchers, professors and other experts.
Are double checked for accuracy
Have good research methods
Focus on a specific topic/issue
We recommend researching using articles because they represent the type of research and writing you should be aiming for in your own assignments.
You might also find an article that disagrees with your argument. Incorporating “dissenting” sources into your paper and debating their merit with your other supporting sources is exactly what scholarship is about. Scholarly writing is a conversation and a debate between your ideas and your sources.
Remember that accuracy and quality of information matters
What are "databases"?
A database is an organized collection of information. Computer databases with web interfaces allow users to easily find the content that they are looking for. Netflix is a database of streaming video; Amazon is a database of consumer goods; subject specific library databases are collections of scholarly articles, ebooks, and more.
Why are databases awesome?
Library databases allow you to search through millions of scholarly and popular articles, making your life easier. They let you:
Read full text of articles in PDF or HTML (just look for the “Full Text Link” or the “GET IT” link).
Narrow your results to only “peer reviewed”
Email the article to yourself
Show you how to cite your article in APA (or another citation style you need)
Trade journals focus on one industry and provide in-depth information on trends, new products and other topics of interest to people working in that industry. The articles are, therefore, written by and for working professionals.
Trade journals usually have a review process like an editorial board but are not considered to be "peer reviewed" journals.
When to use Trade Journals:
to find current information and news on products and trends within a specific trade or industry
to learn more about the field from practitioners within that industry
Finding Trade Journals at Ryerson University Library:
This database, with 600 full text titles, is the most comprehensive Canadian reference collection available today. Accessible to readers and researchers at every level, CBCA Complete features a highly-respected, diversified mix of publications, including scholarly journals, trade publications, dissertations, books, newspapers and magazines.
Factiva, a Dow Jones & Reuters Company, provides global content with multiple language interfaces and multilingual content covering nearly 8,000 sources. Factiva provides access to global and local newspapers, magazines, industry-specific journals and newsletters, newswires, media programs, and websites. Company Research Tools Perform company screening on a collection of nearly 24,000 global companies using 26 criteria. Current quotes and market data are available. Instrument types supported include global stocks, market indices, mutual funds and corporate bonds.
Business Insights: Global provides company and industry intelligence on thousands of global companies. It includes periodical articles, news articles, and press releases; investment reports; corporate chronologies and company histories; brands and product information; industry and company rankings; financial overviews; industry overviews; and HR law case digests. Searches can be done on company name or ticker symbol, industry code/description (SIC or NAICS), subjects in article, geographic search, or personal name. Searches can be limited by journal name, date range, or content area.