What is a database? Merriam-Webster defines a database as a usually large collection of data organized especially for rapid search and retrieval. Encyclopedia Britannica defines a database as any collection of data, or information, that is specially organized for rapid search and retrieval by a computer.
Databases usually contain citations of articles from academic and/or popular journals and newspapers. Databases can cover many different subject areas, known as a multidisciplinary database, or restrict content covering one specific discipline, known as subject specific databases.
Take a look at the tabs to the right to explore examples of each!
The ODU Libraries provide access to over 300 subject-specific and multidisciplinary databases. Our databases include various formats, including: