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Library databases are indexes that allow users to search for articles from various publications and/or periodicals (journals, newspapers, or magazines).
The information found in a database result consists of 3 parts: a citation, an abstract, and when it is available, the full-text of the article.
Citation- gives the publication information for the article or book chapter including author, title, periodical name, issue, date, and pages numbers.
Abstract -A brief summary of an article or book.
Full-text – a complete copy of the entire article.
Journals published by professional associations or a university press will have a panel of scholars who evaluate articles submitted for publication. In other words, these editorial panels are comprised of the author's peers. If approved for publication the panel has agreed that the article will advance the thinking within the discipline.