Databases allow you to search online reference materials, books, journals, magazines, newspapers, and even websites and videos all at once. Some databases require users to log-in from home, but all the listed databases should be immediately accessible on campus.
Databases are indexed differently and may require different searches to find the information you need. It is always a good idea to choose advanced search and full-text when possible so you can select your filters and read the results online.
For academic journals, J-stor is a great database to search. Remember to specify language in advanced searching or you may end up with articles in languages you don't understand. You can also narrow your results by putting a check in the disciplines you wish to search. Contact Ms. Foust Colburn if you need access from home.
This WilsonWeb database can help you locate information on a specific person, from biography reference and obituary sources to magazine and newspaper articles. Remember to verify your person's identity through dates or job descriptions when the results appear.
Search Twayne Author Series books, articles, reviews, and literature from one database.
Search Oxford's Reference books through this AVL sponsored database.
This EBSCOhost database searched newspapers, magazines, books and encyclopedias, biographies, images, maps, videos, primary sources documents, and radio transcripts all at once.
Don't forget to use Boolean operators in databases that allow it! How do boolean operators work? Using the following words in uppercase letters can expand or narrow your search.
AND will search for all items including both terms. For example:
This is a great option if you are getting too many results or results that are not specific enough.
NOT will return less results by returning items that only return one of the terms and exclude the other. For example:
This is a great option if you are getting too many irrelevant results.
OR will search for both terms at once. For example:
This is a great option if you are not getting enough results or are not sure which term the author may have used.
Watch the YouTube video to the left for more information on Boolean operators.