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.
Databases include articles from a variety of sources, including popular magazines, trade journals, and peer-reviewed, scholarly journals. You can refine your results by limiting them to document type.
Having trouble accessing a database?
You will need to use a computer here on campus or have your computer configured for off-campus access to search all of the databases below . You will also need to be using a UCSD networked computer to take advantage of UC-eLinks.
How to pick a database:
Still not sure where to start? Here is a list suggested for your class: