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Databases are formatted searchable collections of materials. Experts and professionals curate and update the information held in the database. Usually, libraries pay for students to have access to databases.
Listed below are a few popular databases Pepperdine University Libraries currently provides access to.
Also included are step-by-step and video tutorials on how to navigate the Pepperdine University Databases & E-Journals feature.
Access the journal archives Arts & Sciences I, II, & III, and over 40,000 ebooks on the JSTOR platform; book chapters and journal articles are cross-searchable. JSTOR is an extensive archive of interdisciplinary journals and books, covering subject disciplines in Arts, Business & Economics, History, Humanities, Law, Science & Mathematics, Social Sciences, and Religion.
EBSCOhost is a powerful online reference system accessible via the Internet. It offers a variety of proprietary full-text databases and popular databases from leading information providers. The comprehensive databases range from general reference collections to specially designed, subject-specific databases for public, academic, medical, corporate and school libraries.
OATD.org aims to be the best possible resource for finding open access graduate theses and dissertations published around the world. Metadata (information about the theses) comes from over 1100 colleges, universities, and research institutions. OATD currently indexes 3,470,783 theses and dissertations.
Sources and Where to Find Them: Website
Although websites are often the quickest way to find information, they are not the most reliable. Therefore, it is essential to evaluate the credibility of websites. Remember, there is a big difference between databases and websites. A website is a page on the internet that anyone can create. Sites are rarely fact-checked and can contain incorrect information. Databases, however, contain information created and maintained by experts and professionals. Additionally, databases will always give a complete citation for the information source.