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.
Sometimes you will come across the "perfect" article, but the MSJC databases will not have the full text of the article--only the title, article and date info (citation). How frustrating!
There is a solution! You can request the full text of the article through our Interlibrary Loan Service. You can request up to five articles at a time to be sent to you here at MVC. There is no charge for this service, but make sure you give yourself enough time because it can take up to two weeks for the articles to get here.
The Library's online databases contain millions of published articles from popular magazines, scholarly journals and news sources. In these databases, you can search for your topic in thousands of magazines at the same time. The following is a list of the library databases that are good resources for scholarly journal articles. Note: off-campus access to these databases requires that you sign on using your mymsjc user name and password.