Databases are used to find PEER-REVIEWED ARTICLES, statistical information, and other information not found through Internet search engines (i.e. Google, Yahoo).
The material found within databases is generally more acceptable to use than material found on the web because it comes from professionals working in the field that you are researching. You still need to personally review material to make sure it is appropriate for your topic.
The following links will help you understand the peer review process and the difference between peer reviewed journals and magazines.
You can also browse a list of the periodicals (i.e. Journal of Pediatric Nursing) the library subscribes to (electronic and print) by subject.
Use the following databases to find scholarly articles about your topic. These databases index journals, newspapers and other material. Note: off-campus access to these databases requires that you sign on using your mymsjc user name and password. View a short video that illustrates how to search for a journal article in the Ebsco databases here.
Need to make a presentation where the audience is a patient or other layperson? The following databases are good resources for this type of information: