Searching Dialog: Selecting
Databases to Search
- Selecting the appropriate
database(s) to search requires considerable thought because of
- Number and variety of
databases that Dialog offers.
- Sometimes narrow focus of
many of the databases.
- High potential costs of
searching one or more databases.
- There are, though, a number of
resources that facilitate database selection.
Students in the SLIS program do not have access to all
Dialog databases. A list of which ones are available to us is
This is an Excel spreadsheet (.xls).
- Dialog Database
- This used to be available in
print, but you can get the entire contents online.
- The catalog provides basic
database descriptions including the date range of
- Look at the OneSearch
categories to find the names of related databases.
- This is available at:
- These provide most of the
information that you need to know about the general nature of a
database plus the fields that can be searched, other search
functions, and costs.
- They are available at:
- Database Manuals and
- Unfortunately, the most
extensive manuals and thesauri must be obtained from the
database publishers, though some are online.
- Prices range from free to
$50 or more.
- From information
professionals in professional journals and online
- From experts in the subject
about which you are seeking information.
- From your fellow
(File 411) (in
DialogClassic or via Telnet)
- In a way, the DialIndex
search may be your most useful tool for finding which databases
- DialIndex is a union index
of the contents of all indexes for all of the
- It enables you to find out
where the most frequent occurrences of selected words or
phrases occur in selected or all available Dialog
- This is similar to the
- It enables you to, "Browse
to find the best databases for your topicat no