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Database Coverage

Every database contains only certain types and amounts of information, a characteristic called coverage, or scope. This information can typically be found near links to the database from a Web page or in the database itself. Try looking under links such as "About. . ." or "Database information" or "Sources included," etc. In printed databases, it is normally located in the front of the volume.

Consider the following elements of database coverage:

What kinds of documents? Journals, magazines, books, book chapters, dissertations, audio files, statistical tables, images, Web pages, software applications?

Which disciplines? Sociology, music, chemistry, all, none?

What time periods?The current year? 1960-1998? How often is the database updated? Hourly, daily, weekly, monthly, annually?

What languages?English only? Other languages?

Which publication types?Scholarly? Popular? Trade? All three? Others?

What is included in the record?A whole article or chapter (full-text) or just a brief description (bibliographic citation and abstract)? Publisher and title?

Follow the link to the right to try answering a few questions about coverage.

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