What is a good interdisciplinary database to begin a search for scholarly articles?

How do I find articles on a topic in the article databases?


Answer

If you are just beginning your search for articles choose one of our interdisciplinary general databases.

Academic Search Premier and Gale Academic OneFile (linked below) index thousands of journals and there is full-text access to many of these journals. Typically one of these two databases will have at least some information on any topic.

To access these databases visit the A-Z Database list and select look for Academic Search Premier or ProQuest Complete. Or you may select one of the links below for direct access.

If you want to limit your search to scholarly articles you will want to check the 'peer reviewed' or 'scholarly journals' boxes in these journals before you run your search. 

To get best results in library search tools break your topic into two or three concepts, such as "foster care AND families".

In addition to these two general databases you may find additional tools by limiting to your discipline in the 'by subject' dropdown on the Databases page. This gives you a list of subjects and allows you to view article databases that are relevant to that particular subject.

If you have questions regarding what databases are best for a particular subject area feel free to ask a librarian.

  • Last Updated Dec 01, 2021
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  • Answered By Christy Scott

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