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ENC1101/ENC1102 Plant City and MacDill: Online Library Resources

This Library Guide (Research Guide) is to be utilized as a general resource for the English Composition (ENC) classes offered at HCC Plant City Campus.

What is an Online Library Database

Online Library Databases

Online library databases are searching and browsing platforms that allow users to search and locate and use resources from many different types of sources.  Some of those sources will be:

  • Academic journal articles
  • Newspaper articles
  • Magazine articles
  • Streaming Videos 
  • Images
  • e-Books

This LibGuide page is designed to introduce you to how to use a library database in order to find the most effective resources for your academic needs.

 

HCC Library Database Access

HCC Librarians provide access to our collection of databases through the Database Finder.  

Notice the pull down menu options along the top header of the Database Finder.  This provides you with an option to resort based Subject, Type of Resource (article, video, image, etc.) and Database Vendor.  The best pull down menu option to start with is Subject. 

See the boxes on this page for database recommendations.

Subject/Topic Specific Databases

The resources found in these databases cover specific subject categories such as:

  1. Business
  2. Education
  3. Literature
  4. Health and Medicine
  5. History
  6. Science

Pro/Con Databases

The following databases are good to use when you need to find resources that present both sides to an issue.  These types of resources are usually needed for a Pro/Con or what is called a Argumentative essay.  

Reference Databases

Reference resources define and provide background information on a topic.  Reference resources can also provide more subject terms and keyword search terms to help narrow and focus results.

Streaming Videos

Access to video content has become easier and more common.  The streaming videos databases cover multiple topics and provide access but not limited to:

  • News TV episodes
  • Documentaries
  • How To Instructions
  • Interviews
  • Performance - music, theatre

 

General Article Databases

General Article databases are great place to start for new academic research users.  These databases provide easy access to several different types of publications on multiple topics:

  1. Academic journals from professional, scholarly publications
  2. Magazines 
  3. Newspapers