Databases

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Saskatchewan libraries, coordinated by Provincial Library, cooperatively purchase province-wide access to several online information databases. All libraries in the public, post-secondary education, school and special library sectors are entitled to access these databases. The program provides access to the full-text of approximately 6,500 popular magazines and reference sources. In addition, several thousand more magazines, newspapers and journals are indexed, often with abstracts available.

These databases are not found using search engines as they are hidden within the deep web invisible to indexing spider making them inaccessible through normal search engines and directories. When a spider comes across a database, it is as if it has run smack into the entrance of a massive library with securely bolted doors. Spiders can record the library's address, but can tell you nothing about the books, magazines or other documents it contains (The Invisible Web )

Tutorials, created by Donna DesRoches, help understand how to use the databases and how to use their unique features to bookmark and link to individual databases and articles.

There are seven individual tutorials in the series:
  1. Gale Infotrac Databases
  2. Gale Additional Databases: Kids InfoBits and the Literature Resource Center
  3. ProQuest
  4. EBSCOHost: NoveList, NoveList K-8 and Auto Repair Reference Center
  5. Britannica Online
  6. Making the Databases More Accessible: RSS and Widgets