Tuesday, January 25, 2005

What's your favorite library database?

Which is the coolest, most useful, most significant library database? Is it the catalog, MnPALS? Is it the über-catalog, WorldCat? What about a general-purpose article database like Academic Search Premier? Or do you fancy something more specialized, perhaps Ethnic NewsWatch or OED? What resource has made a difference for you?

--DW

4 comments:

Tim said...

For me, I would say MNpals. So useful. I remember the first time I renewed a couple movies online. It was a blistery cold night and I had three choices: walk the movies back in the cold, take a late fee hit, or renew them from the comfort of a warm apartment. I wisely chose the latter. Also, how nice is it to have your own personal account to see what items you have on loan. Anyone remember how functional webpals was or how much of a chore it was looking up books with it?

Anonymous said...

I'm a POLS major so I'm big into JSTOR. Saves me some money is buying books and journals and their selection is extensive.

melissa said...
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melissa said...

Although, MNpals is a wonderful choice because a personal account is a must have and JSTOR and our other online journal databases have a lot of articles, I most certainly want to put a plug in for RefWorks (even though it is not a database). I mean we are talking about about a way cool program - say good bye to the stress of bibliographys and work cited pages. This program cites journal articles, books, and videos in almost ANY reference style you want (including MLA and APA formats. To top it of this program has a write-n-cite tool that will cite things while you are writing a paper to save you from worrying about in-text citations too. How sweet. The agony has ended - use RefWorks.