When instructors tell students to use library databases to find information on a topic, they are referring to the many subject-specific online research tools the library offers.
For students in classes like English Composition and Effective Oral Communication, an "all-purpose" database like Academic Search Complete is an excellent place to start. See the link in the middle of this screen under Finding Magazine and Journal Articles to access this database.
Additional help in using a database like Academic Search Complete can be found at the bottom middle of this screen under "How To" Tutorials.
Below are links to some short but helpful video tutorials to assist you with the research process