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This page is about databases—their types, kinds, and uses. For help finding databases, click here.

What a database is and is not

Databases iconA general definition such as one supplied by the Oxford English Dictionary, viz. “A structured collection of data held in computer storage; esp. one that incorporates software to make it accessible in a variety of ways; transf., any large collection of information,” though correct, is not usefully precise.

Choosing a database

This is a guide to making choices among databases.  Journals and other information is available from multiple vendors and multiple databases.  The library provides help in making these choices.