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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.
Be sure to read the descriptions and make note of your search options within each database: not all content in all databases is scholarly!
Academic Search Complete
Multi-disciplinary database; full text of articles from over 5,300 journals, magazines and newspapers, plus image collections.
Other multi-disciplinary databases:
These are a little more advanced and exclusively scholarly. Get a feel for your search terms in Academic Search Complete first before trying these out. JSTOR in particular can be a little tough to narrow down.
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.
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.
Exactly which databases you look at will depend on your topic as well as what information you're trying to find. These are some more potentially useful resources.
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.