Library Database

The library database contains applications for every area of study available at Salt Lake
Community College. These databases give students access to millions of journals, books,
dissertations, and other publications to use in their research. The library has given the students,
teachers, and librarians the ability to easily cite these publications by using search engines that
link the group to the information they need. The links on the database, other libraries, and other
institutions of higher learning all compete for the researcher’s attention.
General Description
The layout for the library database places 34 different commonly searched topics in alphabetical
order for easy use. For ease of description I will group the links by academic relevance.
Health Science Links:
 Anatomy TV- Visual anatomy lessons.
 Bates Visual Guide to Physical Exams- Allows students to see and hear proper exam technique.
 EBSCO- A broad range of full text and bibliographic databases designed for research.
 Ovid- Healthcare research tool. Mainly focused on Patient care.
 Salem Health- Descriptions of diseases.
 Stat Ref- Healthcare research based on Patient care.
Physical and Biological Sciences Links:
 Annual Review- Peer reviewed articles for Biomed, Life, Physical, and Social Sciences.
 Bioone - Database for Biological, Environmental, and Ecological Science.
 EBSCO - A broad range of full text and bibliographic databases designed for research.
 Institute of Physics- Database for Science, Technology, and Medical content.
 JSTOR, Global Plants, and Plant Science- Visual database for biological information.
 Toxnet - National Library of Science description of toxicology and environmental health.
 USGS- Maps, physical and environmental studies.
Humanities and Social Science Links:
 Artstor- Visual library for arts, architecture, humanities and science.
 Association unlimited, Contemporary Authors, Gale Net, Literature Resource Center- All link to
Gale Networks an online literature library.
 Com Abstracts- Communication and journalism research.
 CQ Researcher, Opposing viewpoint and SIRS- opposing views on current events.
 Digital Dissertations, Ethnic Newswatch, Gender Watch, ProQuest- peer reviewed journals and
 EBSCO - A broad range of full text and bibliographic databases designed for research.
 GPO Access- Link to the Government Printing Office.
 Muse- Humanities and social science database.
Business Links:
 Hoovers Online- Business Database for improving business systems.
 Mergent Investors Edge- Investment tool with corporate descriptions and profitability.
Target Audience
There are 3 main groups targeted by the library information system. Students, faculty and
librarians each use the system for individual tasks. On campus access to the system is fast while
the All Access site makes it more cumbersome than using alone. The library has
an internet connection with faster speeds than most students have available at home. This
assists in faster research and a quiet environment to study.
 Used for research papers and assignments in class.
 Read books which the library does not have available.
 Available on multiple devices for reading anywhere.
 Research on project proposals for work assignments.
 Assignment citation verification for class projects.
 Verifying previous research in topics of interest.
 Find most read articles and keep on hand copies.
 Look at most read books and give more info on those subjects.
 Direct students to most up to date information in topic area.
 Determining the most up-to-date research in a field of study keeps the library’s
collection on the cutting edge.
The three main systems in the “Library Databases” link are EBSCO, Gale Net, and ProQuest.
Although they are not advertised as competitors, these search engines are designed to compete
with each other for the students and teacher’s needs. Other competitors include the Salt Lake
County Library and each of the State Colleges and Universities have libraries for research. The
library database is a great place to find the topic of research you are looking for as a student,
instructor or faculty member.