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Research Basics: Databases

Use this guide as a library and resource overview. If you have any questions or doubts regarding the appropriateness of a source, ask your teacher or the librarian. Always cite your sources as soon as you find them!


All of these databases are available through the library's home page. Take a look at the colummn on the right for a comprehensive list of our online subscription resources. You are encouraged to explore this wealth of scholarly, fully vetted, information. If you need help with any of these resources, don't hesitate to ask one of the library staff members.

Note that you must access the databases through the library page to authenticate subscription verification.

Alabama Virtual Library

Alabama Virtual Library is a free, open-access set of databases. For best results, use the College & University option from the drop down menu. The Gale Power Search is a meta search engine that will access all available Gale resources. Academic Search Premier will get results from magazines, newspapers, and academic journals. Pay attention to the source when looking for academic results -- People magazine, for instance, is not a scholarly journal.

This portal is worth exploring for research in other topics or for general interest.


J-Stor is the go-to resource for academic journal articles. 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.

History Study Center

History Study Center is a great site! It can be used to find information on the Ancient Greek and Roman cultures, primary documents from the American Civil War, reflections from Walt Whitman's travels across America in the late 19th century, and sources from the Vietnam era... and everything in between. A recent search for 'ancient Egyptian architecture' resulted in 38 Map & Reference hits, and 185 scholarly articles. Login is randolph; password is raiders.