Definitions: Types of Databases

Types of databases used for research:

  1. Library catalog - an inventory of what is owned. The Vermont State Colleges Library Catalog is a catalog of books, videos, and other materials owned by Vermont State College Libraries.
  2. Periodical Index – a database used for finding citations to articles in periodicals (journals, magazines, newspapers). Some periodical indexes also include references to books, chapters, and other "non-periodical" literature.

    Many indexes give abstracts, or summaries, for each article.

    Some indexes have full-text of periodical articles.

  3. Reference Book – the full-text of a reference book

  4. Statistics – includes statistics, financial information, census data