Why use a database?

We all know that we can find articles on the web. Why use a database?

  1. You can find all of the scholarly articles that aren't freely available on the web (but that are  available through the Cornell library's online, and print, subscriptions).
  2. You can create a fancier search that finds what you are really searching for.
  3. You can search discipline-specific databases --  for example,  databases that specialize in History, Economics, Political Science, Sociology and more -- to find articles from journals in those disciplines.

But ... how do we know what databases there are? Ask a Librarian or find a relevant research guide.

Selected Databases

These are only a few of the hundreds of databases we have. Ask a Librarian for suggestions!