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Database Search Tips

When you are not at school, Databases require passwords.

This link will provide access to the passwords.  You must sign in to your FCPS gmail account in order to view the document.


  • Paid for by the library.  
  • Cannot be searched in Google.
  • Includes sources written by professors, scholars, journalists, "smart people", etc.
  • Authority of information is verified by experts.


  • Access is free.  No one is paying for the content.
  • Anyone can publish a website.  The information included might not verified by anyone.
  • Can be searched in a variety of search engines, including Google.
  • Must examine with a critical eye!
  • Use quotation marks around full names to narrow your search.

Example from JStor:

Searching Myles Cooper without quotation marks retrieves 3,088 results.

Searching "Myles Cooper" with quotation marks retrieves 145 results.

  • Use the search limit fields to focus your search.

Databases make citing sources as easy as possible:

  • Most library databases include a citation tool for articles & resources.

Why should I use databases?