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LEAD 502 - Developing Scholars Seminar

This guide is for students enrolled in the Developing Scholars seminar as they develop annotated bibliographries in anticipation of publishing or presenting about their research.

What is a database?

Library databases are collections of descriptions of research resources such as articles, books, dissertations, and reports. Some databases focus on a specific discipline; others are multi-disciplinary.

Find a Subject Specific Database

Find a subject specific database for your discipline.

1. Follow the Databases link on the library homepage

2. Use the Subjects drop-down menu to find your discipline

Databases link on library homepage

All Subjects drop-down menu

Using a Database Thesuarus

  • A small set of terms or phrases describing what the information object is about
  • The terms are controlled. This means that the same term is used for the same concept each time, e.g., females instead of women OR ladies OR girls.
  • These terms can help you find related items quickly.
  • For Eric, ProQuest Nursing and PsycInfo, access the Thesaurus from advanced search screen:

Screenshot of PsycInfo's Advanced search screen showing the link to the thesaurus

  • Search for a term. It is best to use single-word searches. After searching, click entries of interest to learn more.

  • You can conduct searches from the thesaurus by clicking boxes next to terms. Exploding is a quick way to search for a term and all terms below it in the hierarchy

Screenshot of PsycInfo's thesaurus showing the results of a search for the word autism