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Overview of Databases

Overview of the Web

Search Strategies

Evaluating Results

Capturing Information

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Structure of a database

Understanding the structure of a database will help you locate and retrieve information more efficiently.

Information about each item in a database is called a record. For example, an online catalog would have a record for each item (i.e. books, journals, newspapers, videos, maps, etc.) owned by the library.

Each record is composed of individual elements of information called fields. Fields in a record could include the author, title, publisher, subject headings, publication title, etc. These fields can be used as access points when searching a database.

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