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Finding articles

A database is a structured collection of data. The type of data contained in any given database can vary. Library databases are often collections of scholarly peer-reviewed articles and book chapters; however, others contain maps, interviews, newspaper articles, etc.

Library databases can be broken into two categories:

  1. full-text - these databases let you read articles in their entirety i.e. "full-text"
  2. index - these databases only show you citation information and sometimes abstracts as well.
    • Oftentimes they have "full-text" links that will take you out to the database to a different part of the library online where you can access entire articles.
    • If an article doesn't have a "full-text" link, you can use the citation information to request it for free through Interlibrary Loan.

Linguistics databases

Multidisciplinary databases featuring linguistics