Included with each RILINK Schools LibGuides CMS site is the ability to organize databases into usable, searchable sets of resources to maximize research productivity. This section of the Users Guide will discuss how to review, edit, organize, and display the database assets to which your school library subscribes.
What is a database?
Any online content can be classified as a database, but generally speaking, standard definitions apply. Most databases are
Any databases to which your school library subscribes can be added to your list of Database Assets. If your students and faculty regularly use a favorite online resource that does not meet all of the above definitions, by all means, include it in your list of Database Assets!
What are Database Assets?
"Database Assets" is simply a LibGuides term for referring to databases--and to how they are organized in your LibGuides site. Please proceed to the next tab above ("Overview of Steps") to learn more.
The following steps are recommended for getting the most out of using Database Assets. Details about each step are provided on subsequent tabs. Additional information and training from RILINK Staff are available upon request.
1. Review and edit your site's existing Database Assets
2. Contact RILINK Staff to request to add (or delete) additional databases, database types, and database vendors
3. Create custom database asset widgets for display on your LibGuides or other website(s)
What are Database Types?
"Database Types" is the LibGuides term for the kind of database in use. Examples of database types include but need not be limited to
More than one Database Type may be assigned to a single database.
To review your site's list of Database Assets:
1. From the LibGuides dashboard, select Content > Assets
2. Click the A-Z Database List sub-tab
3. Sort the list by owner by typing your last name in the box immediately beneath Owner heading
4. To edit a database, click the "edit item" icon on the far right next to the name of the database you wish to edit
5. Make desired changes (see below) and click Save
6. Repeat for the next database you wish to edit
Tips to edit database content (upper view):
Tips to edit database content (lower view):
Tips to edit database content (Subject Assocations view):
Sample edited database:
Once you've reviewed and edited your site's Database Assets, why not create custom widgets to highlight database research resources and drive up your usage statistics?