Types of Databases

The two types of databases that you will be using are: library catalogs and article databases.

Library Catalogs

Library catalogs contain information about the materials a library purchases. These include records for books, journal titles, and audiovisual resources found on our shelves, as well as many of our electronic books.

JFL Catalog: Jerry Falwell Library Catalog

JFL Catalog, Jerry Falwell Library Catalog, indexes books, DVDs and print journal titles, but it does not include journal articles.

Article Databases

Article databases are used to identify articles on a topic.


Some article databases, such as EBSCO Host's Academic Search Complete, are general or multidisciplinary.

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Many databases specialize in a particular subject area, such as biology, education, or business.


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Original InfoRM material © 2011 by the Liberty University Jerry Falwell Library. This tutorial incorporates material from SBU Library Research Guide, a tutorial developed by the Stony Brook University Libraries, © 2004, from Inflite, a tutorial developed by IUPUI, © 2003, from Searchpath, a tutorial developed by the Western Michigan University Library, © 2001-2002, and from TILT, a tutorial developed by the Digital Information Literacy Office for the University of Texas System Digital Library, © 1998-2002. This material may be reproduced, distributed, or incorporated, provided that appropriate credit is given.