What is a database, anyway?
Broadly speaking, a database is a resource that contains information, presented in a way that's organized and retrievable. For the databases that you encounter on this guide, think of each one as a focused collection of info. They offer content including: written reports, numeric data in spreadsheets, charts/graphs/images, video, or a mix of content.
Why are there so many?
Each database specializes in different things, and the different database vendors are all competing against each other. Using that streaming services analogy, if you want to watch all the content, you'd have to subscribe to many vendors, e.g. Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime Video, Disney Plus, etc.
Which ones are the best for my research?
It depends on your topic. One database could be great—relevant(!)—for company research, and it could also be terrible—irrelevant(!)—for country research, and vice-versa.
What can I access?- Public
Access is generally available to all users. Registration or account creation might be required to access.For commercial websites, the UCI Libraries do not offer premium memberships or subscriptions.
Access is available to all users ON the UCI campus and at GML.
OFF campus access requires Authorized Affiliates to log into the VPN with their active UCInetID and password. Authorized Affiliates are users with an active UCInetID and password, i.e. current UCI students, faculty, and staff.
Access requires an active UCInetID and password.
Authorized Affiliates are users with an active UCInetID and password, i.e. current UCI students, faculty, and staff.
These resources are not licensed by the UCI Libraries, but librarians occasionally promote them when they are relevant for certain types of research.Access is available only for Authorized Affiliates, who are also affiliated with the Paul Merage School of Business.
The resources are limited to select UCI populations, based on the user’s status, e.g. current UCI Faculty or PhD students. Please refer to the UCI Libraries for access instructions.Examples for why content may be limited include: a vendor set restrictions on who may access their information; alternatively, information may be sensitive, identifying, or embargoed;
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