Help Finding Databases

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To find a good database for your research topic:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.

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