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Before You Research
Scholarly articles are not the place to start your research. First, you need to get familiar enough with your topic to narrow it down, and for that you need more general information. This will help you develop context for your topic as well as get to know the specialized terms used by experts.
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.
Finding Credible Sources
Academic Search Complete
Multi-disciplinary database; full text of articles from over 5,300 journals, magazines and newspapers, plus image collections.
Communication & Mass Media Complete
Full text from over 500 journals for communication, mass media, and other closely-related fields.
Complete historical full text of all issues of peer-reviewed journals in a wide range of humanities and social science fields.
Over 100,000 ebook titles covering a full range of academic topics. General reference works are also included.
EBSCO eBook Collection
Search complete electronic books. Read in browser, or create an account to download books to various devices
Accessing the Databases
Access 100+ databases organized by subject area from the Research Databases page. Also try our dynamic, sortable database list!
To access the databases from off-campus, you must provide the 14-digit library barcode from the back of your student ID.
Our databases contain a little of everything! What kind of source gives you what type of information?
Click the image to view full-size. It's rather oversimplified, honestly, but it'll give you a framework to start with.