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Answered By Library Staff
Last Updated: Jun 24, 2020     Views: 613

A library database is a set of digital records that hold information about things like journal articles, books, videos, etc.  When you enter search terms into the database search box, the database will pull up records that contain those terms.  Some of the records will include links to electronic copies of the item described in the record.  

The Tulsa Community College Library subscribes to 118 individual databases.  Within those databases you can have access to magazine, newspaper, and journal articles without having to pay extra for them.  Each database contains records from different publications, so if you can't find something you need in one database, you might find it in another one.  You can find our databases by clicking the "Articles and Databases" link on the library home page, or by clicking here:

The discovery search is a database search, but it pulls information from some different sources. Our discovery search is the search box on the library's main page.  When you enter your search terms in that box, it searches for books, videos, e-books, etc. that are held in libraries around the world, and also tells you if those items are held at Tulsa Community College. If the item is held by the college, the record will give you location information, such as the campus location and the call number.  If the item is digital, it will provide a link for you to access it online. The discovery search also searches a sampling of our databases for articles relating to your search terms. It does not search all of our 118 databases, but some of the more commonly used databases are included in the default settings of a discovery search. 

If you would like to learn more about refining your searches in the databases, or customizing a discovery search, you can schedule a research consultation with one of our librarians by clicking the "Schedule a Research Consultation" link on the library home page, or by clicking this link: