Help Finding Databases
To find a good database for your research topic:
- General article databases are a good place to start since they contain resources from a variety of disciplines. Simply choose one of those databases and type in your keywords to begin to find articles.
- Browse for databases by subject, such as engineering, sociology, or history if you want to dig deeper into resources covering a specific discipline.
- If you aren’t sure what subject to choose, look for the academic department that your class is in.
- Once you’ve chosen a subject, start your search by using one of the recommended databases that are listed at the top of the list.
- Browse for databases by type if you want to find resources in other formats, such as government documents, statistics, maps, images and more. For example:
- News article databases - Use these to find newspaper articles, broadcast transcripts, wire service stories, etc.
- Image databases - Use these to find photographs, paintings and other still image sources.
- Statistics and numeric data - Use these to find statistical tables, numeric data, demographic information, public opinion polls, etc.
- Browse the entire A-Z list of library-licensed databases or search for databases if you already know the name of the database you’d like to use.