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What is a library database?

General databases

What is a General Database?
General databases are like a supermarket. They will cover most subjects and index a variety of publications including:  scholarly journals, newspapers, magazines.

Some examples of General Databases are below.

Subject-specific databases

What is a subject specific database?
Subject-specific databases are like boutique stores. They specialize in a specific subject area and tend to include scholarly journals, book chapters, and dissertations. Databases in certain fields such as business, may also include trade journals.

Do they overlap with the general databases?
While there may be some overlap, subject-specific databases index the core journals for that area and provide more depth of coverage as compared to a general database.

Use the subject filter to narrow in our Listing of Databases

Select your subject from the list to see a listing of databases relevant to your topic

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