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Databases Frequently Asked Questions

What is a database?
A database is a computer accessible collection of information usually focused on a particular subject. The information is arranged so that you can find what you are looking for easily through organized search methods. The databases that are available through the Eastern Shore Regional Library are paid subscriptions and include access to a wide array of information useful for school, business, and personal information needs.
Why pay for a database when there are so many websites?
The problem with many free websites is that you don't know whether the information is timely, accurate or professional. The databases that we have chosen to provide are put together by reputable companies who check the accuracy of their information and update it on a regular basis. Much of the information comes from experts in a particular subject field. When you use the information in our databases, you won't have to worry that you are getting wrong information.
Can I use the databases from my computer at home?
Yes. Almost all of the databases that the library provides can be accessed from your computer at home as long as you have internet access and a valid Library card. When you click on the name of the database, you will get a prompt asking for your library card number. Key this in and you will be connected to the database. A Library card that has expired cannot be used to access Library databases from home. Please contact the library if you have any questions about the status of your Library card.
How can I print articles from a database?
Before you head to Print on your Internet browser, look for a Print "button" within the database itself. Click here for a printer-friendly copy of the article or other item you want to print. This Print will "clean up" the page by removing unnecessary icons and menus. This makes it easier for the printer to print what you really need and saves time and paper.
Why I keep getting the message "You must have cookies enabled in your browser "? How do I enable it?
Cookie is a very small text file placed on your hard drive by a Web Page server. So when you returned to that Web page, the server knows who you are. A lot of databases require cookies enabled in your broswer.
For Internet Explorer 5, select Tools and then Internet Options, click on Security and then on Custom Level. Work down through the list and enable both types of cookies.
For Internet Explorer 6, select Tools and then Internet Options, and click on Privacy. A setting of medium seems to work.
For Netscape 6, select Edit, then Preferences, then click on Privacy and Security and on Cookies and enable all cookies.
For AOL, select Preferences, then My AOL Preferences, then click on Internet Securities. On the Internet Options window, click the Security tab, and then click Custom Level. In the Settings list, scroll down until you see the word Cookies. Click the button next to the word Enable, then click OK. You may have to quit and restart you AOL software for these settings to go into effect.
How do I know what version of broswer I'm using?
Click on 'Help' on the menu bar of your browser. Select the "About...." text. Full details about your browser as well as the version will be detailed. For most of the databases, you need to have at least Internet Explorer 5 or Netscape 6.2.

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