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Finding Basic Facts
Useful when you're starting out on a research project. Do simple searches to find topic introductions in a variety of subjects. The mind map tool will help you discover related ideas and terms.
CIA World Factbook
World maps, individual country maps, and regional maps prepared by the US Central Intelligence Agency for the use of US government officials. The Factbook is currently updated every two weeks. Reference maps are available in JPG and PDF format, and the individual country maps are available in GIF format.
Communication & Mass Media Complete
Full text from over 500 journals for communication, mass media, and other closely-related fields.
Academic Search Complete
Multi-disciplinary database; full text of articles from over 5,300 journals, magazines and newspapers, plus image collections.
Complete historical full text of all issues of peer-reviewed journals in a wide range of humanities and social science fields.
Full text of 285 journals in literature, history, international/cultural studies and other humanities and social science fields.
You can streamline your Google searches by limiting your results to only .edu domains (the only type of site you're allowed to use in this assignment, unless it's the official site of a living theorist). Just add site:.edu to your search terms! Try it out below:
What's a Database?
Psst -- what's a database?
In its most basic sense, a database is just a selection of information designed for you to search and retrieve stuff from it. Amazon is a database you're probably familiar with: it's limited (only contains things you can buy through them) and retrievable (you can search and filter your results to find what you're looking for).
The library databases contain reputable, reliable sources of information to support researchers like you! This means everything from digital encyclopedias (like Credo), ebooks, scholarly journal articles, magazine and newspaper articles, streaming videos, statistics, and more.