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Help guides on Pierce's research databases.

What is an Academic Database?

Academic databases are organized digital collections of information.

The Databases A-Z page includes the complete list of all databases we have access to at Pierce. For help using one of these databases, click on its name from the menu on the left.

Each database we have includes unique content or covers different time periods. Databases may include ebooks, videos, and periodicals (like scholarly journals, newspapers, and magazines). Periodicals, like the Los Angeles Times for example, are made up of many different articles.

Netflix as a Database Analogy. The left shows an upside down pyramid with Netflix at the top. Within Netflix there are shows; each show is broken down into episodes. The right side of the image shows an upside down pyramid called Database X. It includes Journals, Newspapers and Magazines. Within these we would find articles.

Why Use an Academic Database?

Check out the 2 minute video below to see the benefits of using an academic database: