What is a database?
A selected collection of information, organized into records. Each record may contain information, or can point to another resource that contains the information, like a journal article or a web page. For example, in the UpToDate database, each record contains information on a specific medical topic; in the PubMed database each record contains a citation and an abstract that directs you to a specific health sciences journal article; the Google database contains records that point you to specific web pages on the open web.
Who can use a database?
UVM and University of Vermont Medical Center employees and students can use our databases, as can anyone who comes to the Dana Library. The Library purchases access to databases for UVM and University of Vermont Medical Center faculty, staff and students. Our licenses also allow anyone who comes to the library to use these databases.
Which database should I use?
Where can I use a database?
All of our databases are available in the library and throughout the UVM and University of Vermont Medical Center campuses. Most of our databases are available from off campus. See Connect From Off Campus for information on how to access these databases from outside UVM and the University of Vermont Medical Center.
Are there instructions for using Dana Library databases?
Dana librarians have written the following instructions for using some of the databases available through the Library.
Are there classes in how to use these databases?
Our classes are open to all UVM and University of Vermont Medical Center faculty, staff and students, and are held in our computer classroom. Topics change each semester but often include Navigating the Virtual Library, OvidMedline, PubMed, CINAHL, EJournal Troubleshooting, Endnote, Cochrane Library, Web of Science, and other topics on request.
What is the advantage of connecting to PubMed from the Dana web page?
Accessing PubMed through any Dana Medical Library web page indicates to the PubMed server that you want to view UVM journal holdings information. Going through a Dana Library link allows you to see the icon for UVM EJournals, which shows that you have access to the electronic full text of that article. You may also see a link for UVM Journals, showing that a journal is available in print in the Dana Library. In order to view these icons, you must display your PubMed results in the Abstract or Citation format.