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Students who use this guide will understand the value of library databases, will be able to locate databases on the Rolfing Library website, and will be able to perform simple searches on a variety of topics.

A database is a collection of information that is searchable and retrievable. When we talk about databases in a library, we are usually talking about tools that you can use to search and access published materials like articles, books, images, videos, and so on. 

Video: What Are Databases and Why You Need Them (2:34)

Why Use Library Databases

More information: Library databases give you access to information that you cannot find on the general internet.

Quality: Library databases contain published information. This means there has already been some quality control and vetting of information prior to publishing, unlike the internet, where anyone can publish anything. Databases are not perfect--you should still critically evaluate everything--but you can have a little more confidence in what you find.

No additional cost: While free tools like Google Scholar might help you discover materials, you often cannot get them without paying. Trinity has already paid to subscribe to our databases, meaning there is no extra cost for you beyond what you already pay to attend Trinity.

More specific search options: Databases offer many ways to limit your search, such as dates, type of publication, subject/topic, and much more. This means you can create more specific searches than you can with a general search engine.

Rolfing Library's list of databases is linked on the landing page. Click on "online resources" to access the list.

Library home page with "online resources" circled