Q. What is the benefit of searching individual databases when most content is available through Roadrunner Search?
Individual databases typically offer more search limiters, allowing you to easily narrow your search to specific types of documents (e.g., case studies, tests and measurements, dissertations, financial reports, etc.). These documents may be difficult or impossible to retrieve using the Roadrunner Search.
Additionally, individual databases often provide content focused on a particular subject area. This can be a quick way to weed out articles that are not related to your discipline. To view a demonstration of database features within your academic discipline, we recommend viewing our Learn the Library (Business, Education or Psychology & MFS) Workshops. You may access the live workshop schedule here or view the recorded workshops here.
Finally, individual databases may offer personalized features, available when you create a personal account. Setting up personal accounts is free and optional. For instructions on creating a personal accounts, please see our Personal Database Accounts page.
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