Skip to main content
It looks like you're using Internet Explorer 11 or older. This website works best with modern browsers such as the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Edge. If you continue with this browser, you may see unexpected results.
Internet Explorer 11 Will No Longer Be Supported as of November 20, 2020. Read More...

Guide to Science Information Resources: Reading a Database Record

Definitions: Parts of a Database Record

A database will provide a list of results for a search.  A link for a given article will typically provide the full view of its database record and include the following information:

Name of Database:  the brand name of an information source; it often includes the name of the company that owns or offers the service.

Citation:  information about a document that usually includes its author, title of work, publisher, and year published.  The information found in a citation is used by others to locate the document. This is frequently referred to as bibliographic information.

Abstract:  a summary of the main points of a document which includes its focus, research methods, and conclusions.

Full Text:  this link indicates that direct, full access to a document is available.

Link Resolver:  a tool that uses information in a database record to find related records and to provide links for the user.  It generally leads users to another source that may provide full access to a complete document.  The effectiveness of these tools depends on if access can be provided through another information source to which the library has access.

Subject:  the words used by a database to describe the main topics of a document.

Controlled Vocabulary:  an established set of terms used to describe the main subjects covered in a document.  They are often used to identify documents on similar topics.

Additional Information:  databases often include specialized metadata to provide more information on a given document, such as the type of publication, affiliation of author, database document numbers, and other descriptions.

Give us your feedback!

Help us do better with helping you!  Provide your anonymous and voluntary feedback!

Parts of a Database Record

SciTech Premium Collection (ProQuest)
Full Record of an Item

Example of a Full Record in a Database