Finding a Specific Database
Hello, you're watching "how to find a specific database," my name is Lauren Pressley and I'll show you how to do it. Right now we're at the Z. Smith Reynolds library homepage, that's zsr.wfu.edu. Across the top of the page you'll see several tabs that can help you find materials including catalog, databases, journals, and multi-search. We're interested in finding a database, so of course we'll click on databases. The database that we're looking for is MLA. So if you know the specific name, or a name within the title, you can type it in here and click search, and MLA is the only one that we get back in that search. If you need more information, hovering over the title gives you a little summary of what you'll find in there. But you can also see what's contained within the database, in this case journals and newspapers, and if you click the eye you get the same information that you get when you do the hover over. Maybe you don't know specifically that it's MLA but you remember that it starts with an M. Then you can browse by title by clicking on M, and then you can scan through there until you find the one that looks familiar from what your professor said. And finally, maybe you don't know the specific name, but you do know what it is related to. In that case you can browse by clicking the + sign, and then you can choose the type of database that you were looking for, and then you can see if there are any familiar ones there. So there are really three different ways to find a specific database. You can either search by name, you can browse by title, or you can browse by subject. So that's how you find a specific database. If you have any questions please ask a librarian. You can contact us at zsr.wfu.edu/ask.