Why Use An Online Database?

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When you use an online database or periodical index to search for articles, it quickly searches thousands of issues of many different periodicals to find items that match your search terms.

An online database or periodical index will show you which journals, magazines, and newspapers have articles on your topic.

Otherwise, you would have to look through each issue of each periodical for articles on your topic, or use a paper index.

Caution: Most databases include articles published in the last 15 years or so. For in-depth and historical research, you may still need to use retrospective databases and paper indexes. Ask for assistance at the reference desk or call: (208) 282-3152.

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