Answered By: Linda Miles
Last Updated: Oct 26, 2022     Views: 103

Q: What’s the difference between OneSearch, the library's databases, and the library's journals?


  • An academic journal is kind of like a magazine. Each issue includes several scholarly articles in a discipline (like psychology or music) or even a specialized sub-field of that discipline (like child psychology or hip-hop). You can find academic articles in many of our databases (see below) using our OneSearch search tool (see below).


  • A database is a collection of many journals—and all of the many many articles from those journals. Some databases specialize in a discipline (like criminal justice and law, or English literature) or they could cover all the different disciplines. Some are small, but some are really large and may have hundreds or even thousands of journals in their collection. (Note that some of our special databases contain other kinds of information sources—besides journal articles.)


  • OneSearch is a tool that allows you to search nearly 200 different databases at once, plus find information about all of the library's books, ebooks, and videos.


All of these are available from the Library's website. Use the Journal Finder to locate a specific journal, use the Databases A-Z list to find a database to search, or use the OneSearch search box to search nearly 200 databases at once.

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