Scholarly databases

  Scholarly databases

Introduction

Scholarly databases refer to professional primary gatherings of journals that are online and employed during articles searching. The elements are subject-specific and have the complete information about items except for few that only have abstracts used to get information from other sources (Mbabu, Bertram & Varnum, 2013). The paper will discuss two databases utilized in the GCU library and will be suited in EBP proposal. The essay also elucidates on reasons why the two are better than the other sources like the Google scholar.

Discussion

One of the databases is InterLibrary Loan. For a research that is likely to take a long time, it is always advisable to uncheck the whole message box from inside the database. Many GCU databases are dictated to reduce the output to the full message automatically thereby turning the reducer off expands the results (Mbabu et al., 2013). One can use the InterLibrary Loan to ask items not found in the GCU library. ILL is also able to locate items that the library does not own. To get the articles that are not present as full-text one is required to submit the request through (https://library.gcu.edu:2443/login?.  The staff can get the article.

The second one is LopeCat. This involves electronic and print books. A researcher is required to click “Find Books” from http://library.gcu.edu and then search. The researcher should then click on the view resource and feed in the username and password to start reading (Mbabu et al., 2013). The print books are located on the 4th floor at the student union point.

Why the two databases are better than Google Scholar is

The use of the library databases instead of Google Scholar is much better. Google scholar is not able to know the particular sites searched thereby not comprehensive. Contrary, when in the database, it is clearly defined and the dates included (Mbabu et al., 2013). Moreover, in google scholar, the entire text articles are not free while in the library database, the readings are free since the library has paid the publishers.

Reference

Mbabu, L. G., Bertram, A., & Varnum, K. (2013). Patterns of undergraduates’ use of scholarly databases in a large research university. The Journal of Academic Librarianship39(2), 189-193.

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