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How to Select Databases

This is a guide to selecting databases provided by the University of Oregon Libraries.

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This tutorial has step-by-step guides for selecting databases on the UO Libraries' website.

Find a database by name tells you how to find a database by its title.

Browse databases by subject tells you how to find a database based on the subjects it covers. 

Browse databases by type of source tells you how to find databases based on the types of sources it includes, such as newspapers, photographs, or streaming video. 

What is a database?

  • A database is an organized, searchable collection of information sources. 
  • A database is a tool that the library provides so that you can access high-quality materials – usually articles – that typically aren’t available for free. 

The UO Libraries offers hundreds of databases. 

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