Answered By: Tiffany Hebb
Last Updated: Jun 28, 2020     Views: 35

Some databases are good for almost any subject, and others are more specialized and only of value for one or a few disciplines. They may contain different types of sources (journal articles, e-books, newspaper articles, dissertations, primary sources, images, streaming video/audio, etc.). And some may be all full-text, while others just show you a citation. So it's totally understandable to feel overwhelmed at the thought of choosing a database. 

If you need books, you should always start with WorldCat Discovery (the search box on the library home page).

If you need scholarly articles (or a mix of popular and scholarly), you can try WorldCat Discovery or Academic Search Premier is also a great starting point. 

To find out more about the other individual databases, click on the link for Databases A-Z (NOT the drop-down - that only shows you the names) on the library home page:

From there, you can look for databases good for a specific subject area:


Or databases that have certain types of sources: 



And browse the options, seeing descriptions that can be helpful in making your choice. 


And finally - the other option is to reach out for help: 

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