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CPHS_IB Extended Essay: This is the MONEY - Databases

Step #3 - Locate and Access Information

3. Location and Access

3.1 Locate sources (intellectually and physically)
3.2 Find information within sources
o Where can I find these sources?
o Where can I find the information in the source?

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Handout created by: Barbara J. Shoemaker, School Media Specialist, Mill Road Elementary, K-2  Red Hook Central School District, Red Hook, NY

What is a DATABASE and Why Do You Need Them?

Here is a great video on the importance and power of using databases when doing research from:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q2GMtIuaNzU

Anoka-Hennepin eResources

The Anoka-Hennepin School District provides many database resources for our students and staff. For a listing of, a description of, and links to these resources, click here:

eResources

What Is a Database?

DATABASES are collections of digital resources centered around a broad subject, such as science or health or history. DATABASES are put together by educated individuals (editorial boards) who gather resources from credible sources.

 DATABASES are provided to assist you when completing research and can be accessed at www.anoka.k12.mn.us/eresources. In order to access a database from home, you will need to use the following:

How to search DATABASES:

1. Click on the DATABASE that you would like to explore. When using DATABASES from home, you will be asked for a username and password. Passwords are found on the green EResources card available at the LMC desk.

2. Type in your search term. Try several search terms if the one you use doesn't yield good results.

3. Note that DATABASES include various types of PRIMARY and SECONDARY resources including: academic journals, newspapers, photographs, radio transcripts, video clips, reference books, etc. 

4. Read the title and description of the displayed resources. When you find a resource that you think might be useful to you, click on the title to get the full text. 

Besides containing credible resources, DATABASES also offer the advantage of providing you with a source citation for the resource. These can generally be found at the end of the article or by clicking a "source citation" button. Be sure to copy and paste all of your source citations into a works cited page as you go.

Note also that many DATABASES have a "listen" button that you can click on to have the resource read aloud to you. (Please check out headphones at the desk if you choose this option while using the databases in the LMC.)