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- A database is used to organize and give access to a group of items, e.g. journal articles.
- Databases consist of records. Each record represents one item in the database, e.g. one article.
- The records in a database consist of fields. Each field provides a particular piece of information about the item, e.g. author, title, etc.
- A library catalogue is a database that describes what the library owns. Each item in the catalogue describes a book or other item in the library.
- An article index is a database that describes the contents of a particular set of journals, magazines, newspapers and /or other documents.
- Some article indexes' coverage is limited to one discipline, or a group of disciplines, and some are general in scope.
- Some article indexes provide only a citation to the article, some an abstract, and some the full text of the article.
- You can search the fields in a database to find what you want. The two most common methods are searching by keyword or phrase and browsing an alphabetical list.
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