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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.

  • Databases cannot be searched with a full sentence like Google. You have to take your topic, boil it down to its bare bones, and then use those keywords to conduct your search. If your search requires more words than that, use the Advanced Search.
  • Use quotation marks around full names or phrases to narrow your search.
  • Use the search limit fields to focus your search.

Databases 

  • 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.

Websites

  • 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!

Databases make citing sources as easy as possible:

  • Most library databases include a citation tool for articles & resources.
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Why should I use databases?