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Understanding ALS: Databases

How to use a database

Databases can be a great place to find all sorts of resources for any research project you do - books, reference book articles, magazine and newspaper articles, video, audio, statistics, and even recommended websites.

As you search in different databases, you may want to try different keywords, here are a few to use while searching:

  • ALS
  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
  • Lou Gehrig's disease

When you use a database you will probably need to narrow down your search to find materials that are relevant to your topic. Here are some limiting tips:

  • limit by publication type or name (for example, look for articles from the New York Times)
  • limit by date of publication. You are researching a current issue, so you probably don't want any materials that are more than 5-8 years old. 
  • add search terms - the more terms in your search the more focused your search will be. Leave out words like the, and, a, if, is, to, an and so. These terms will be omitted from your search anyway.
  • If you want to look up a particular topic or person of more than one word, use quotes to make the database do a phrase search. "John F. Kennedy", "Civil Rights Movement"

Using databases from off campus

You can use any of our databases from off campus if you have the correct user name and password for access. We may not post these publicly, so they reside on a Google Site page that requires your JBS email login for access.

Click HERE to see a clickable list of databases along with their user names and passwords.

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