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Where you look for information will depend on your topic and what kind of information you're looking for.
- News Articles: very current (or at least, of the moment, since we can read old news). Often human interest-driven, so you usually get a mix of statistics and individual anecdote.
- Magazine Articles: pretty current, and tend to be longer (and therefore go into a bit more depth) than news articles
- Books: the longest source, so can have the most breadth and/or depth on their topics
Background Information Source
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.
General, Multi-Subject Databases
These have a little bit of everything and can be a good place to get started. Opposing Viewpoints especially has a lot of types of information, clearly labeled. In Academic Search Complete, especially look at magazine and newspaper articles.
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.
Complete historical full text of all issues of peer-reviewed journals in a wide range of humanities and social science fields.
Academic Search Complete
Multi-disciplinary database; full text of articles from over 5,300 journals, magazines and newspapers, plus image collections.
EBSCO eBook Collection
Search complete electronic books. Read in browser, or create an account to download books to various devices
Over 100,000 ebook titles covering a full range of academic topics. General reference works are also included.
New York Times: Create Your Account
Use your Lone Star email address to create an account via this link. Once you've made an account, you can go straight to the regular NYT site (nytimes.com) and log in as if you were a paying subscriber.
Newspaper Source Plus
Selected full-text from 30 US national and international newspapers and 200 regional papers, plus TV & radio news transcripts.
US Major Dailies
US Major Dailies provides access to The New York Times, Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times, and the Chicago Tribune. The content is available by 8am each day and provides archives stretching as far back as 1985.
Current events database with articles from diverse sources & points of view, on important social/political/economic issues.
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.