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Database Searching Tips

What are Library Databases?

Library databases

  • are paid for by the library. Students, faculty, and staff have access to them while affiliated with the College. 
  • require your MyRCC username and password for access from home or any device not owned by RCC.
  • are available online, 24/7.
  • provide access to journal, magazine and newspaper articles.
  • provide access to audio visual resources: pictures, videos, tutorials.
  • are subject specific.
  • search many sources at the same time.
  • are a source of reliable information.

How library databases differ from Google and the free Web

  • Reviewed: experts on a subject peer-review the content or editors review the articles
  • Content specific: find a database specific to your area of research and cut out the resources you don't need
  • Timeline: access to current and older information



"Thank you" to the following libraries for allowing us to use their content:

  • Sharjah Higher Colleges of Technology Libraries, United Arab Emirates
  • Johns Hopkins SAIS Mason Library, Washington, DC
  • Trible Library, Christopher Newport University, Newport News, VA