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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 Statistics & Data in Articles

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

1. 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 the relationship between libraries and technology, you might choose subjects such as Education & Libraries and Computer Science.

2. 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 the words scholarly or peer-reviewed which may include statistics in the introduction, literature review, methods, and conclusion of the article.

3. Search the Database

Most databases require that you search using only the key terms and concepts from your topic.

Example: if your topic focuses on the question, "Are teenagersí levels of self-esteem affected by the amount of alcohol they consume"if your topic focuses on the question: are teenagersí level of self-esteem affected the amount of alcohol they consume?" the key terms are teenager, self-esteem, and alcohol. Most databases also require that you connect key terms using the word and. So a simple, initial database search using the keywords in this example would look like this:

teenager and self-esteem and alcohol

Try a search using the key terms from your topic in the database you have selected. The search may bring up articles that include some statistics in the text as well as tables with source notes. For a more focused advanced search, add more terms. In one search box type your topic keywords; in another type the word statistics. The search statement would look like this:

teenager and self-esteem and alcohol


If appropriate, consider using words such as surveys, databases, and data collection or synonyms to refine the search.

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Last updated: 7/28/2011 6:11:39 PM