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CAT 3: Articles & Databases

Selecting a Database

Databases are online tools that help you search for articles on a particular topic.  Article databases are organized by broad subject areas (e.g. biology, art, political science, etc.), and some are interdisciplinary databases or ones that search across multiple disciplines.  The database you use depends on the topic or subject you have chosen and the type of information you need to access. 

How to pick a database:   

The Library has access to hundreds of databases -- organized by broad subject areas.  Try browsing our Databases A-Z list, or see our list of Subject Guides that recommend appropriate databases by subject.

Starting with an interdisciplinary database:

Not sure where to start?  Maybe your topic spans a couple of disciplines (e.g., Bioengineering)?  Some suggested databases to start with are:

Article Databases

Remember, you will need to connect to the UCSD network to access these resources from off campus.

Remember, you will need to connect to the UCSD network to access these resources from off campus.

Remember, you will need to connect to the UCSD network to access these resources from off campus.

Remember, you will need to connect to the UCSD network to access these resources from off campus.

Remember, you will need to connect to the UCSD network to access these resources from off campus.

Remember, you will need to connect to the UCSD network to access these resources from off campus.

Remember, you will need to connect to the UCSD network to access these resources from off campus.

Remember, you will need to connect to the UCSD network to access these resources from off campus.

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Licensed Databases

When you see the  blue lock icon icon next to a database name, it means you need to be connected to the VPN to access the database.

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Search Tip

Many of the CAT 3 themes touch on multiple disciplines.

You will likely find databases that will help you in several of the tabs in the Article Databases box.

Make sure you look under all the subject tabs that relate to your topic.