An online database is a a collection of information that can be easily searched. IRSC Libraries provides access to subscription databases to IRSC students. These databases contain scholarly journal articles, eBooks, eAudiobooks, newspaper and magazine articles, and videos. Using a database is often the best way to find articles for your research. Any student enrolled at IRSC has access to all IRSC databases.
Why use a database?
contain online versions of newspapers, magazines, journals, encyclopedias,
dictionaries, and book chapters. Since you access databases online, many
people think they are websites. They are NOT
websites.You must login to gain access to databases because they are proprietary resources leased for use by IRSC students and employees.
When searching databases, you can be more specific with your keywords for a more precise list of results. You can search within the title, abstract, or full text of the item. The hardest part of searching databases is knowing which one to choose. The IRSC list of databases offers brief information about each resource. You can also search for databases by subject to help you more easily select appropriate databases.
Scholarly articles are:
in-depth | written by experts | validated with technical language, abstracts, literature reviews, methodologies, tables, graphs, and conclusions | reviewed by experts | given a bibliography
Popular articles are:
brief overviews of topics | written by journalists | easily read by most people | illustrated with colorful photographs or pictures | reviewed by editors | not given a bibliography
provide direct or firsthand evidence of an event or person | creative sources can be primary sources | historical documents | legal documents | statistics | interviews | video recordings | audio recordings | photographs | correspondence including emails and letters
provide a summary, analysis, evaluation, or opinion about primary sources | journal articles | literary criticism | books | films and documentaries
The College provides access to over 100 online databases. IRSC databases contain thousands of articles from newspapers, popular magazines, and scholarly journals as well as electronic books, art work, and images.
Students have instant access to these databases via the Web. The public can use the College databases by visiting any IRSC library.
Students click here to LOGIN!
Your Borrower ID is your student ID (PID for employees)
Your PIN is your 4-digit birth date (MMDD)
Public patrons or non-students can only access IRSC databases by visiting a campus library. Please ask a library staff member to log you in.
Keywords to use to find information about a profession include; career, job, skills, education, training, and employment.