Not Sure Which Database To Use?

The best way to do a comprehensive search for scholarly articles in your area is to find a database in that subject. If you're not sure where to start to find a database that covers your subject area or the type of information you need, start with the library's research guides or ask a librarian!


EXERCISE: Tracing Trends in the Literature

EXERCISE: Do a search in Web of Science for your topic and find the following:

  • Articles from the last five years on your topic.
  • Review articles in your area
  • The most highly cited papers on your topic
  • Which articles cited those highly cited papers

Mark your results by checking the boxes beside the articles and adding them to a list (click the plus sign and check mark at the top of the results list Commands for marking as they appear in Web of Science.). 

Off-Campus Access to Full-Text

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Using Web of Science

Need to find highly cited scholarly articles on nearly any topic? Try searching Web of Science, an important and useful multidisciplinary scholarly database. See the Web of Science tutorial!

Web of Science basic search screen

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