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Answered By: BethMarie Gooding
Last Updated: Mar 28, 2016     Views: 168

According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary a database is "a usually large collection of data organized especially for rapid search and retrieval (as by a computer)." 

To find out more about databases in a computer programming or data management sense:

  • Visit our Safari Books Online database. It contains a whole variety of manuals and guides. Examples include:
    • Sams Teach Yourself SQL in 10 Minutes
    • Oracle Core: Essential Internals for DBAs and Developers
    • PHP and MySQL 24 Hours Trainer
    • MongoDB and PHP
    • Microsoft Access VBA Programming for the Absolute Beginner
    • Getting Started with GEO, CouchDB, and Node.js
    • MariaDB Crash Course

To find out more about the library's databases, which are used for research:

  • Go to the library's e-resources list.
  • Each database in that list holds many different types of information, so you'll want to read the descriptions to decide what database will give you the type of information you need: copies of articles previously published in magazines, journals, and newspapers; digital books; images; summaries of a topic; entries from dictionaries and encyclopedias; etc.
  • The list is alphabetical by database title.
  • If you need help searching the databases ask any of Rasmussen's librarians.