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Research Map: Databases

Research Databases connect you to articles, ebooks, streaming video, and more.

Topic Exploration Databases

Use these databases to get background information on your topic, answer the 5 W's, and look for search terms. You might even find a source you can use in your paper!

Pro Tip: Get Organized

Email articles to yourself as you find them. The email tools in the databases will reliably lead you back to the article and citation information.

Use the same "tag" in the subject line so you can easily locate all the sources for the same assignment. (Example: #Persuasive)

Collect your resources and works in a paper or electronic folder for each assignment.

Research Databases

These databases are frequently recommended sources of information used in freshman and sophomore research assignments.

Pro Tip: Use Limiters

Try these limiters to get to the best information sources:

  • Date
  • Full text (read it right now!)
  • Type of Resource
  • Subject Area

Database Tutorials



A more in-depth, longer version of the above video:


Note: The links in this video to library help are out of date, but information about the database is accurate.