Q. What is an article citation? What is a database? Keywords? Database limiters? Database skills?


Citation - An article citation contains all publication information, including the author's name, date of publication, title of article/chapter, title of publication, etc. For examples of citations, please refer to pages 198-224 of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, Sixth Edition.

Database - A database is a searchable resource that contains scholarly journals, magazines, newspapers, e- books, and other research information. You may access the Library's databases by going to the Databases page under Research Resources in the gray navigation bar at the top of the Library's home page.

Keywords - Keywords are the words that you enter into a database or an internet search engine to describe the information that you would like to locate when conducting research.

Database Limiters - Database limiters are ways in which you may limit your search so that your results set is more narrow. Examples of limiters include: full-text only, scholarly/peer- reviewed publications, date range, and publication type. Limiting your results to full-text and scholarly publications are the most common types of limiters used. For further information about limiters, please visit the Library's page on Search Limits.

Database Skills - Database skills simply refers to the ability to effectively search the Library's databases. In other words, anything you have learned by using a particular database or internet search engine for your assignment. To increase your database searching skills, please visit the Learn the Library page. 

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