Use the following databases to find popular and scholarly articles on your topic:
Use these databases to find e-books and print books on your research topic:
Use the following databases to find background information and/or primary sources:
Here are some clues to look for when trying to determine whether an article is from a popular newspaper or magazine, or a scholarly journal:
Scholarly journal articles generally have the following characteristics:
Popular magazine or newspaper articles generally have the following characteristics:
Database Search Tips
Library databases do not search the same way Google does. With databases, you must type in keywords (not entire phrases or questions) in order to retrieve relevant results. You may have to try multiple searches.
Be flexible; if one keyword isn't working for you, try another! Here are some examples:
Sample search formula:
(demographic OR synonym) AND (topic OR synonym)
Example search in EBSCO:
(Graphic taken from Mississipi College Leland Speed Library Research 101 Guide.)
Wildcard/Truncation Searching: Use the "*" symbol to search multiple forms of a word. For example, Latin* will retrieve results for Latin, Latino, Latina, Latinos, Latinas. You can also use the star within a word. For example, wom*n will retrieve woman and women.
Phrase Searching: Use quotes to search an exact phrase, and to keep the database from searching words individually. For example, "dream act" will retrieve results that mention those words specifically in that order only. Without quotes, you may find results for dream state, or act of God, since it will search the words individually. Phrase searching works best with names: names of people, locations, events, or things.