Answered By: Leslie Lewis
Last Updated: Jul 01, 2015     Views: 98

We have over 200 research databases, and it can often be difficult to know which database(s) to use for searching for articles in different disciplines.  

ProQuest Central and Academic Search Elite are always good general databases to start one's resesarch, but subject-specific databases can often be even more helpful. The LibGuide Journal Databases: Which One to Use? is a great starting place for finding a discipline-specific database.

Google Scholar, which links back to full text articles in our databases and online repositories, is another general purpose search option that is good for most disciplines.

You can also always ask your professors to recommend good databases or contact a reference librarian at the Reference Desk or via one of our many Ask a Librarian options for further assistance.

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