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Database: Vendor (interface): What you'll get:
Academic Search Complete EBSCO Articles for academic and general audience. Full text articles, many from peer-reviewed publications.
Academic Onefile GaleGroup Citations and full text for scholarly and general interest journals in all academic disciplines.
America's Newspapers NewsBank Inc. Search current and archived state, national, and international full-text articles on issues, events, business, government and more with over 1,500 newspapers and other news sources including the Dallas Morning News (8/12/84-Current),  Lubbock Avalanche-Journal (6/6/03-Current), and USA Today (7/1/87-Current).
ArticleFirst OCLC Citations for academic and general audiences.
ARTstor OCLC Provides more than one million digital images in the arts, architecture, humanities, and sciences with an accessible suite of software tools for teaching and research.
Funk & Wagnalls New World Encyclopedia EBSCO Encyclopedic entries covering a variety of subject areas.
Gale Power Search GaleGroup Search 28 databases at once covering almost all the Gale content.
Glassdoor - Company Salaries, Reviews, and Interview Questions Glassdoor A comprehensive career resource with information on thousands of companies. Glassdoor includes salary and bonuses and details for specific jobs at specific companies, as well as actual interview questions and hiring process details.
General Reference Center Gold GaleGroup (Infotrac) Collection of newspapers, reference books, magazines, and trade publications covering areas of general interest. 
Learning Express Library Learning Express This database will help you every step of the way in finding a job from deciding what occupation is for you to helping you create your resume and cover letters.
Lexis Nexis Reed Elsevier Inc Full text documents from news, business, legal, medical and reference publications.
MAS Ultra - School Edition EBSCO Image collection of photos, maps and flags. Full text from general interest and current events publications. Pamphlets, reference books, biographies, primary source documents are also included.
MasterFILE Premier EBSCO Full text articles as well as an image collection, reference, biographies, and primary source documents.
Newspaper Source EBSCO Selected full text from national and international newspapers. Also contains full text television & radio news transcripts, and selected full text from regional newspapers.
Opposing Viewpoints Gale Opposing Viewpoints features continuously updated viewpoints, topic overviews, full-text magazines, academic journals, news articles, primary source documents, statistics, images, videos, audio files and links to vetted websites organized into a user-friendly portal experience.
Pronunciator Pronunciator Learn 80 languages using live tutors, feature films, music with lyrics, quizzes and more. ESL for 50 non-English languages. Apps are available.
Texas Reference Center EBSCO Full text journals and books about Texas history, ethnic & cultural diversity, gender studies, literature, public health, business as well as home & garden and sports & leisure.
TexShare Database List TexShare List of databases provided through TexShare Database subscription.
TOPICsearch EBSCO Explore social, political & economic issues, scientific discoveries and other popular topics. Full text from diverse sources.

Journal Search

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Directory of Open Access Journals Lund University Libraries Free, full text, international scientific and scholarly journals, covering all subjects.

Definition of Database:  A database is a collection of information organized and searchable so that you can easily find what you are looking for. A phone book is an example of a database. It is arranged alphabetically by last name and by subject. In libraries, you use databases to find articles and citations. 

Libraries subscribe to databases that provide the same information that periodical indexes in print form provide. Databases (believe it or not) actually make research easier. In the past, researchers would search for information by first selecting the multi-volume print index they wanted to use and then searching each year's volume to find what was published that year on their subject.  

Now indexes can be searched online by entering keywords into a search engine. The search engine then retrieves relevant citations and often times the full text of the article. Searches can often be limited to a specific publication, a set of dates, peer reviewed publications, or a particular language. 

Definition of Citation:  A citation is a statement that gives researchers the information they need to locate a book, video, or an article.  A citation tells you how to find the article, it does not give you the text of the article.  

In the following example of a citation, Andrew DuBrock is the author, "Singing and Playing at the Same Time" is the title of the article, and Acoustic Guitar is the title of the publication the article was published in.  If you wanted to read this article, you would first find out if South Plains College Library subscribed to Acoustic Guitar (we do!), then you would locate the July 2009 issue, turn to page 40 and there would be the article. 

DuBrock, Andrew.  "Singing and Playing at the Same Time."  Acoustic Guitar.  July 2009, p 40-42.


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