Monday, August 26, 2013

Databases

Well you made it through your first week of school, congratulations! Now you are ready to start thinking about all the research and writing you will be completing this semester for your classes. Don't worry, the LMC is here to help you!

The Trinity Catholic High School LMC provide access to three different databases. The database links are located on the Database page or on the right side bar on every page of this website. If you are trying to access the databases from home or if the database website asks you for a username and password, see Ms. Bava!!

You might wonder why you need databases when you have search engines like Google, Yahoo, and Bing. These search engines are good for finding quick answers, but they will not provide the best reliable information for scholarly research. Let's quickly compare Library Databases and the Internet:

Library Databases 
  • Paid for by the library so that you can have free access to scholarly information. 
  • Content is evaluated for authority and accuracy. 
  • Information is stable. 
  • It is easy to find databases that relate specifically to your topic, 
  • Library databases offer options to quickly limit or expand your search to find the articles you need. 
The Internet 
  • Some resources are free, but others require you to pay for them. 
  • Information is not evaluated for accuracy and may be incorrect, misleading, or biased. 
  • Websites come and go so information is not stable. 
  • The internet is a vast sea of information with no organization. 
  • A search engine (like Google) often returns an overwhelming number of results with no quick way to narrow them down or ensure they relate to your topic.
    http://ask.lib.byu.edu/a.php?qid=173302 



Hopefully you understand why databases are essential to good writing and research! Here are the three databases you can access through the LMC:

WilsonWeb is a database accessed through the company EBSCOhost. WilsonWeb offers articles from scholarly magazines and newspapers on a variety of historic, scientific, and social issues. It is considered a print resource. You can narrow your search results within WilsonWeb by choosing the "scholarly (peer reviewed)" or "full text" options on the left side bar. Scholarly or peer reviewed means that scholars in that field have reviewed and approved of the information. Full text means that you have access to the whole article. Thus, the "scholarly" and "full text" options assure you that your search results are accessible and creditable!

Opposing Viewpoints is a database that provides information and opinions on current day social issues. It has access to information from scholarly magazines and newspapers, and offers statistics, images, and videos on a variety of topic. If you are looking for pro and con arguments or need to know the different opinions on an issue, then Opposing Viewpoints is a great resource to use.

Gale Virtual Reference Library is the link to three eBook format resources, Chemical Elements, The Encyclopedia of Contemporary American Social Issues, and Bowling, Beatniks, and Bell-Bottoms Pop Culture of 20th and 21st Century America. Each of these eBooks are textbooks and are considered print resources. The search bar at the top of each page allows you to search in all three databases or you can choose to browse each eBook individually by clicking on the book link. 


Using the LMC's databases will provide you with easy to access reliable information. So check the databases out and don't forget to stop by the LMC if you need any help!

Monday, August 19, 2013

Welcome!

Welcome to the first week of school!!

As the new librarian at Trinity Catholic High School, I am very excited to be working with you and hope you are all ready for a wonderful year. The Library Media Center blog will be frequently updated with information on the LMC, new books, and any other important news so check back often.
Remember the Libary Media Center is here for YOU! So ask questions, make suggestions, and use the LMC's resources!

“Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend. Inside of a dog it's too dark to read.”
―Groucho Marx