Research is iterative

Start with some of the key words and phrases of your research question.

Read through some of the articles you find, looking for additional ideas and key words that can be used to search again.

Note: Some database records will also provide subject heading or descriptor terms to help narrow or broaden your search. Keep an eye out for these! They can also be extremely useful.

Finding Databases

The Find Articles & FullText link on the library home page casts a wide net across multiple sources, but it's not finding articles from all of our sources, and, because it's so large, and not focused on a particular discipline (subject), it can sometimes be difficult to find exactly what you need.

Subject databases provide comprehensive access to the articles published in that discipline (i.e., political science, religion, economics, philosophy, biology, engineering, etc.)

  • Good: Search under the broad categories on the databases page
  • Better: Find a library guide for your subject area
  • Best: Ask a Librarian!
    We can save you time and lead you directly to the best sources. You can ask us by email, or by chat.

The databases below were selected around the topics in this class and either survey the core literature in a number of disciplines (Academic Search Complete), or focus comprehensively on specific disciplines.

Selected Subject Databases