Bibliographic databases serve a a variety of purposes.
Broadly, they can be divided into 2 categories based on function:
Indexes can be further divided based on function:
You are working as a GA and your professor has asked you to compile a bibliography of scholarly secondary sources she can use to support a book proposal on the comparative "Spirituality of Howard Thurman and A.W. Tozer."
Search the following databases and save your results to a Thurman/Tozer file (which you will create) in Zotero:
Further Discussion: did one subject pose a greater resource challenge than the other? what do you do if you can't find anything on your topic? what do you do if you need to find everything on your topic? how can you determine whether or not you have located all available material on a topic?
One measure of scholarly productivity is the quantity of articles published in peer reviewed journals.
Another metric is scholarly citation of an author's published work by other scholars. Databases that track scholarly citation provide defacto evidence of the weight other scholars attach to an author's scholarly contributions.