Database-a collection of information in electronic format. Most of the library's databases are periodical indexes that help you identify articles published in journals. We also have databases that provide statistical information. An index is a list of topics mentioned in a book (usually at the end of the book) and a periodical index is used to identify articles in journals, magazines or newspapers in a database.
Carefully choosing the terms you use in your database searches will help you find appropriate materials. If you find too many resources in your search or to few, you can adjust the terms you are using to get better results. Please make an appointment with the geography liaison, Caro Pinto, or chat with one of the friendly LITS librarians and subject specialists who can help you refine your search terms to find the materials you need.
Clicking the MHC Get It button for an article will help you locate the full text.
Not all information resources are created equal! Be sure you think about what kind of information you are using. Some quick guidelines:
See the Penn State University Library's Evaluating Information page for more information about how to ask and answer the above questions, and their Evaluating Information Rubric for tips on what to look for in books, periodicals, and web sites.
NCSU Libraries also have a Peer Review in Three Minutes video that does an excellent job of explaining peer review.