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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 that you can start 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.
Suggested Databases from the Library
Be aware that just because an article is found within a library database does not mean it's a scholarly article!
Some databases contain a variety of source types (like Academic Search Complete or Opposing Viewpoints) while a few others are exclusively scholarly (like JSTOR or Project MUSE). Be aware of options to filter your results to scholarly articles as well as the criteria for recognizing a scholarly source.
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.
Military & Government Collection
Full-text journal articles and magazines on military and political topics, plus books, reports, government documents, etc.
Gale in Context: Opposing Viewpoints
Provides topic overviews as well as collects a variety of sources, including statistics, reference materials, journal articles, news articles, images, and audio broadcasts.
Health Source: Nursing/Academic Edition
This database provides nearly 550 scholarly full-text journals focusing on many medical disciplines. Also features abstracts and indexing for nearly 850 journals. This database is updated twice a week.
Communication & Mass Media Complete
Full text from over 500 journals for communication, mass media, and other closely-related fields.
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.
Google Scholar Guide
Google Scholar is another search tool for locating scholarly content. This guide will explain how to adjust the settings to find links to LSC content and use GS in more depth.