Some databases are multi-disciplinary -- meaning they have content for a lot of different subjects -- while others are more focused. Consider what subjects your topic really fits into in order to pick others to search.
Example: For the topic "impact of social media on self-esteem," we'd probably look at Social Sciences and Current Events databases as the broad categories, since that's a current issue, and self-esteem is a psychological thing, which is a social science, and there's also the sociological perspective of social media as a network platform between people.
Consider which disciplines apply to your specific topic when choosing your databases.
Research Databases (Main Page)
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In its most basic sense, a database (marked on these guides by the padlock icon ) 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, e-books, scholarly journal articles, magazine and newspaper articles, streaming videos, statistics, and more.