Why use keywords to search? Well, there are a few reasons.
How do I figure out what keywords to use?
Check back in the Types of Resources tab to explore some reference sources on your topic. After reading through some background information, you can pull keywords from that material. Googling your topic can also lead to keywords.
Loyola University Libraries has access to hundreds of databases where you can find materials for your research. Here's the full list of Databases available to you as a Loyola student.
What is a database?
A database is basically a one-stop shop for a variety of sources. Databases can contain materials like academic journal articles, book reviews, statistics, newspaper articles, magazine articles, etc. Different databases contain different types of materials.
Databases also differ in how they present information. Some databases give you access to full-text articles, while others give you citations for articles that are hosted elsewhere.
Remember, you can always Ask a Librarian for help if you can't find relevant articles or need help using a database.
There are two types of databases to keep in mind.