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To find the best articles, choose databases from more than one subject area.


If you need help with a specific database, use the online help in that database or "ask us."

Find Articles on a Topic

If you're looking for articles on a topic you're researching, begin on the databases page.

  1. Go to the journals list and select a topic
  2. Choose a Subject Area
    Browse through the list of databases by subject to find subjects that look appropriate for your topic.
    Example: if your topic focuses on music as an expression of culture, you might choose subjects such as Music and Sociology.
  3. Select a Database
    Once you have chosen your subjects, read through the list of database descriptions to see which ones are most appropriate. For example, look for databases that mention articles.
  4. Search the Database
    Most databases require that you search using only the key terms from your topic.
    Example: if your topic focuses on the effect of media violence on children, the key terms are media, violence, and children. Most databases also require that you connect key terms using the word and. So a simple database search using the keywords in the example above would look like this:
    media and violence and children
    Try a search using the key terms from your topic in the database you have selected.

Last updated: 9/25/2017 9:53:06 AM