Databases provide electronic access mainly to periodicals. Below are a list of most of the sources found in a database:
Journal articles in databases are often referred to as scholarly, peer reviewed or credible sources. Databases are also the best place to find the most current research on a given topic, as books are often slightly behind the most current research. Val has searched the general database titled Academic Search Complete for tattoos and Christianity. The articles she retrieved can be viewed in their entirety by selecting the Full Text link, or she can quickly determine an article's usefulness by reading the abstract.