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Database Basics database diagram

Databases are online tools that help you search for articles on a particular topic. Article databases are organized by broad subject area (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.                                       


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Not Sure Where to Start?

Try an interdisciplinary database


Try a specific subject database

Use our Subjects Guides A-Z list to find databases that are appropriate for your topic.

Start with a keyword search

Databases may look different but usually have similar search features.  Start by doing a keyword search. Then you can limit your search by date or type of publication. Databases include information from a variety of sources-- books, journals, newspapers, disserations, conference proceedings, etc. You can limit your search to articles or scholarly/peer-reviewed articles depending on what you need.

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.