Saturday, January 15, 2011

Data are Raw Facts

The two most common types of databases are bibliographic and full-text:
  • bibliographic database contains electronic entries called records containing a uniform description of a specific document, usually retrievable by author, title, subject heading (descriptor), or keyword(s).  Usually contains citations and abstracts or summaries of the document.
  • full-text database provides the entire text of single works, such as journal articles.
These catagories are somewhat overlapping - a bibliographic database may contain some full-text documents, while some supposedly full-text databases may not contain complete texts of every document in it.  There are two kinds of databases:  general - Academic Search FullTEXT Premier; and subject-specific - Library Literature & Information Science.  (lecture notes on What is a Database)
Browse USM Online Database List at:

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