Research Databases - Frequently Asked Questions

 

What are research databases?
The databases provided here are electronic resources for researching a variety of topics including the arts, biography, business, current events, education, health and medicine, history, science, and social issues. Magazine and newspaper articles from both popular and scholarly sources, encyclopedia entries, statistics and e-books are among the resources included in the databases.

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Who may use the databases?
The databases are available for use by anyone at any Massillon Public Library location. Contact us at 330-832-9831 to make an appointment to use Library computers.

Card holders from any Ohio Public Library may also access many of the databases from home or office computers. A small number of the databases require a Massillon Public Library card for access, and three of the databases can only be accessed from inside the Library.

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Is there a charge to use the databases?
There is no charge to use the databases. They are paid for by your tax dollars!

If you use Library computers to access the databases and print information, there is a charge for the printed pages. Pages may be printed for $.25 for black and white, or $.50 for color copies. Many of the databases have a function that allows you to email the information to yourself.  If you prefer to save information that you find in the databases, you may purchase a CD or flash drive from the Computer Center.

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How do I access the databases from outside of the Library?
A valid library card from any
Ohio Public Library will permit you to access the databases provided by OPLIN. The databases that have been purchased by the Massillon Public Library require a Massillon Public Library card.

Begin by clicking on the name of the database you wish to access. You will be taken to a page of the OPLIN website that will ask you to select your Ohio public library from a drop-down menu of options. Type your corresponding library card number (with no hyphens or spaces) in the area provided.

For databases that require a Massillon Public Library card, click on the link that says "To access this database with a library card, click HERE". You will be asked to type in your name, your telephone number and the number from the back of your Massillon Public Library card.

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How can I get a Library card to use the databases?
Local residents may visit any Massillon Public Library location, including the bookmobile, to apply for a
library card.

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Why can't I access AncestryPlus or Alldata from home?
Database vendors control whether a particular database is accessible outside the Library. Some information publishers choose not to sell that service to libraries, preferring to force individuals or businesses to maintain their own subscriptions. When remote access is a contract option, Massillon Public Library will provide that access.

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What is a citation?
A citation offers bibliographic information about a resource (title, author, publication date, etc.) but does not make the resource itself available.

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What is an abstract?
An abstract is a summary of the contents of a resource or an excerpted selection from a resource.

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Why isn't everything available in full text?
Copyright and licensing restrictions generally determine which resources can be stored in databases as full text articles.

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How can I find a resource that is not available in full text?
If you locate a useful citation or abstract, print or save the bibliographic information. Check the
online catalog to see if the Library owns the print resource. If the Library does not own the resource, ask a staff member to assist you with an Interlibrary Loan request or fill out a request form online.

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How do I cite resources from databases?
Complete bibliographic information can be obtained from a resource's entry in your search results list. Many databases will even provide a sample citation format at the end of the article.

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How can I get help with the databases?
If you are using Library computers, ask a staff member for assistance with the databases. We will be happy to help you access and can also direct you to the best sources for your particular research topic.

If you are accessing from outside the Library and need assistance, contact the Reference Department at 330-832-9831 ext. 312 or via email.

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