Subject-specific databases (like Environment Index, or Historical Abstracts, or Worldwide Political Science Abstracts) and area-specific databases (like the Bibliography of Asian Studies, Africa-Wide, or the Middle East and Africa Database, Middle Eastern & Central Asian Studies)  comprehensively index the literature (articles, and sometimes books and book chapters) in their respective fields.

Scroll through the list of databases below to find one, or several, that may be useful for your research.

  • Enter the key words and phrases of your research question. Start broadly, with just a few terms or phrases, e.g. oil AND ogoni
  • You can add terms to narrow your search
  • Look for relevant subject headings or descriptor terms.
  • Most databases also allow you to restrict to scholarly, peer-reviewed journals, and of course by date published and by language,  etc.

Finding the full text: If the database entry does not include the full text of the article, look for the "Get it! Cornell" link.

Note: You may also wish to try the Articles and Full-Text search from the library home page. This includes many, but not all of the databases below.