What is a Database?
You've mastered the art of Google search, but for some reason, your professor is telling you to "Use a library database" for your next research assignment. This might have you asking:
A database is a collection of data organized for rapid search and retrieval by a computer. Examples of databases are Academic Search Premier, and the library catalogue, uKwazi.
It is useful to think of databases as containers of information. Just as your refrigerator has many containers of food, a library has many containers or databases of information.
The UWC Library subscribes to many databases, giving you access to millions of journal articles, images, books, technical reports, dissertations, videos, and more.
Databases are essential because they:
Unfortunately, no. There’s still a huge amount of information that is not on the web due to privacy concerns, intellectual property rights, security issues, and many other reasons.
Good and Bad of the Web
A single search on the internet can link you to a thousand Web sites. The Web can be a good source for some information but the library is a more efficient place to search for scholarly materials including articles. On the Web, you may need to wade through many fragments of articles before you find full text that is freely available and appropriate for academic research.
The web is especially useful for finding:
Disadvantages of the web:
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Online resources available to anyone with access to the internet
Free Access to Law Movement. Find what databases WorldLII has by clicking on the name of individual jurisdictions.
OA database "ALR Online will publish legislation and judgments of the superior courts of African Countries, and superior courts of other countries, on subjects of general interest to African legal scholars, as they are made available. These judgments will be reported in their entirety with short introductory notes, and can be found under the country name, in alphabetical order. Arrangements will be made with the Registrars of the superior courts concerned to submit selected judgments, especially on constitutional law, public law, international law (including humanitarian law), International Commercial Law, African Law and other areas of general legal interest to lawyers in Africa and abroad. This site will also provide references to other sites with complete reports of individual countries, which need not be duplicated. The site also includes a model syllabus and materials for the study of African Law and Development recommended for Universities interested in advancing the study of African Law."
The Commonwealth iLibrary comprises the Commonwealth Secretariat’s publications and covers such topics as globalisation and multinational trade issues, gender, education, law and human rights, and public service management and reform. It includes ebooks and working papers.
Includes African Law eJournal
Archive of social science papers including legal papers.
The subscribed collections are:
• Economics Research
• Financial Economics
• Legal Scholarship
• Management Research
Free site. As 2020 collecting: Angola, Botswana, Ghana, Kenya, Mauritius, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria
Rwanda, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Eswatini, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe
Gazettes.Africa is a project of Laws.Africa and AfricanLII.
Free resource ".. a gateway to African research information and materials produced worldwide. It provides access to 81495 publications from 99 repositories as well as information on 55 Africa experts (researchers, policymakers, development practioners) and on 891 organisations (research or development-related institutes with expertise on Africa)." "The African Studies Centre Leiden in The Netherlands, facilitates Connecting-Africa by providing technical maintenance. Staff of the ASCL Library, Information and Documentation Department are responsible for the evaluation and selection of digital resources for inclusion in Connecting-Africa. This is an ongoing process, and new records are added each month"
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