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Graduate Student Library Introduction


What is a database?

When talking about library resources, the term "database" usually refers to a large collection of citations to literature that may include journals, newspapers, proceedings, or book chapters. A multidisciplinary database may cover articles over a broad range of subject areas, while a specialized subject database is narrowly focused on one specific discipline. Some databases offer direct links to the articles themselves, while others simply offer the citation. ODU Libraries subscribes to hundreds of databases covering nearly all areas of academic literature. If you need advice on which one to use or help navigating any of the databases, contact your subject librarian.


The ODU Libraries provide access to hundreds of subject-specific and multidisciplinary databases. Our databases include various formats, including:

  • Peer-reviewed research articles - many of these link to full text.
  • Streaming Video
  • Images
  • Historical Newspapers
  • Current News
  • & much more!

We encourage you to explore our full list of databases by using our Databases A-Z list and the Research Guides for your subject area.

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