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There are many benefits of using proprietary subscription-based databases A proprietary database is a privately owned online database As students we use databases in the Ashford library They are usually protected by a password A proprietary database is not available to the public A proprietary database has no hidden agenda Proprietary databases usually have the best interest of the user in mindWhen using scholarly resources you can be sure that you are getting credible information Scholarly resources can include scholarly journals books and other publications Scholarly journals are many articles written by scholars or academics in the field or by a researcher in the field of study Scholarly articles and books are reviewed for authenticity and reliability Resources that are not scholarly are popular resources Sometimes popular resources can be reliable Some popular resources include magazines newspaper some websites and professional blogs When using these databases you have to remind yourself that this is not Google Databases dont understand meaning they will not try to guess what you want the way search engines dothey retrieve information based on your commands Quick n Dirty You cannot use entire sentences questions or long phrases When using databases you must search with main ideas short phrases and one concept You may need to include quotations in your phrases When you use quotes you command the database to look for those words in that order It is important that you know how to conduct a search Proprietary subscription based databases are necessary for college assignments Instructors require that you use credible and reliable resources Navigating databases can be challenging at times To succeed in using databases you must use main ideas short phrases and one concept You also need to familiarize yourself with the Ashford library This will take lots of practice Once you become familiar you should revise you search Once you get the concept you will have access to information that is credible and trustworthy Having reliable
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