ERIC Number: EJ709042
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Dec-1
Subject Specific Databases: A Powerful Research Tool
Young, Terrence E., Jr.
School Library Journal, v50 n12 p90 Dec 2004
Subject specific databases, or vortals (vertical portals), are databases that provide highly detailed research information on a particular topic. They are the smallest, most focused search tools on the Internet and, in recent years, they've been on the rise. Currently, more of the so-called "mainstream" search engines, subject directories, and portals are including these subject-specific databases in their "hit" responses. Why the noticeable increase? It's probably because subject-specific databases narrow the overwhelming results returned by their large, 'we-have-it-all' counterparts. If you've managed to find a few recent, relevant articles on your topic using a full-text subscription database, go the extra step and dig deeper with a subject-specific database. Ultimately, it will save you time and provide in-depth, authoritative, up-to-date information on a specific subject since these kinds of databases cover more journals pertinent to their respective subject areas than general indexes.
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