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Assignment | Profile Essay (J. Thomas): Databases: Step 3

Where to Look

Step 3: Digging deeper

Now that you have an idea of what to focus on, you can start drilling down deeper on your one, specific topic. This is the real meat of your research and will give you the sources you'll use in your annotated bibliography/final paper.

Research Databases

The databases below cover a wide range of topics, which is useful when you're just starting your deeper research or if you're not sure which subject areas to look in.

News Sources:

These fall into the "reputable but not scholarly" area, but they're very useful for getting more current information than scholarly sources can provide.

Accessing the Databases

Access 100+ databases organized by subject area from the Research Databases page. Also try our dynamic, sortable database list!

Student ID BadgeTo access the databases locked icon (same icon that displays by the LSC-limited access resources) from off-campus, you must provide the 14-digit library barcode.

Don't have one yet? Request a barcode number online.


Google has some advanced search tools tucked away to streamline your search results. If you're looking for numerical data, limiting your search to government sites (.gov) can be quite helpful to target some reliable and plentiful data!

Google Web Search

Google Scholar is another useful tool that might help you get started locating, well, scholarly sources. You can even tell it to search Lone Star access to full text!

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