---------------How to Access Electronic Information---------------
How to use CD-Rom databases
CD-Rom databases may be searched in a number of ways depending on the database and your needs. Usually, you can search by:
- Subject or Keyword
- Magazine title
- Year of publication
Before you start your search, cheek to see if there is a subject heading list or thesaurus. The obvious word for you to look under may not be the subject heading used in that database. For example, if you wanted information on cars and no entries were listed, it may be because that particular database has used the term "automobiles".
Help is Available
If you need help, remember that the library staff is there to assist you. Some libraries ask you to make an appointment; some limit the amount of time you may spend searching databases.
Usually, you won't have to pay to use CD-Rom databases. If you wish to print out your findings, however, there may be a charge. Some libraries allow you to copy to your own floppy disc.
Currency of information
CD-ROM products have the ability to hold vast amounts of information that can be accessed in a matter of seconds. CD-ROMs are updated periodically, but if you want up- to-the-minute information, another option is available. This is often referred to as"going online." (See "Online Resources" for more information on searching online.) Many producers of CD-ROMs are also responsible for the production of online resource data.
CD-Rom databases are menu driven. A menu is a step by step series of options from which you choose to reach your goal; it is fairly straightforward to use. Different databases have different search strategies and commands. Follow the menu. Consult instruction sheets and ask library staff if you need help.
After you have completed your search, the next step is to obtain the books, newspapers, or magazine articles that you need. If your own library does not have the books or magazines identified, request them through interlibrary loan (ILL).
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