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General Databases


What do we mean by database?

database (noun)

A large, regularly updated file of digitized information (bibliographic records, abstracts, full-text documents, directory entries, images, statistics, etc.) related to a specific subject or field, consisting of records organized for ease and speed of search and retrieval.

Content is created by the database producer (for example, the American Psychological Association), which usually publishes a print version (Psychological Abstracts) and leases the content to one or more database vendors (ProQuest, EBSCO, OCLC, etc.) that provide electronic access to the data online via the Internet.


Reitz, J. (2014). database. ODLIS Online Dictionary for Library and Information Science. Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO. Retrieved from https://www.abc-clio.com/ODLIS/odlis_d.aspx

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