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What is a database?

Last Updated: May 12, 2015  |  265 Views

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A database is a collection of information stored in a computer or server, which incorporates software to provide efficient retrieval of the data. Databases are great tools to help you retrieve information by keyword, title, author, subject, year, etc.

The most common types of databases in the library are the online catalog and the electronic databases.


The electronic databases vary on content and coverage; they can provide you with a simple citation, an abstract, or with the full text. UTEP Library subscribes to over 300 electronic databases. You can browse the electronic databases by subject or alphabetically.

For more information on how to find the right electronic database for your research or search the online catalog, contact a librarian at the reference desk on the 2nd floor of library, or via phone at (915)747-5643.    

To report a technical problem with any of the Library’s electronic databases, contact a member of the E-Resources Team. Telephone assistance is available between 8:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m., M-F, by calling either Lisa Borden at (915) 747-6709 or Jason Moore at (915) 747-6706. 


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