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Electronic Databases and Networking An electronic database is information stored so that it can be retrieved from a computer terminal Rubin Rubin and Piele 1996 compilers of research sources point out A researcher who is reluctant to use computers to find information or who does not know how to do so effectively will be severely handicapped The advantages of college library electronic databases are that they can be searched much more quickly than their print counterparts results can be printed or downloaded onto a floppy disk and at most schools the use of databases is free of charge Depending of the size of your library you may have access to such self-service databases as ERIC 700 educational journals and thousands of research reports collected by the US Department of Education INFOTRAC Expanded Academic Index more than 1000 journals and newspapers emphasizing communication history humanities law political science psychology religion sciences social sciences and sociology MEDLINE some 3600 journals in biomedicine health sciences and medicine PSYCLIT more than 1400 English and foreign-language journals in education psychology and sociology SOCIOFILE communication criminal justice demography geography political science sociology and speech and LEXIXNEXIS accounting business government law and medicine to name just a few You can use these databases to compile bibliographies and view abstracts or even full articles on the computer screen Reference librarians should know which databases your library subscribes to and can help you learn to access them Today anyone with access to personal computer also has access to national and international electronic networks Most colleges and universities are now connected to the Internet- an international electronic network of networks This superhighway of information provides access to an ever-increasing number of information resources Students and faculty use the Internet to give them access to databases and bulletin boards scholarly and professional electr9onic discussion groups library holdings at colleges and universities across the united States and abroad and exchange of e-mail Regardless of what you look
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