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ENG 106 Composition II : Journal & Magazine Articles

Using Library Databases

Searching in databases also follows the General-to-Specific idea. You want to try your first set of searches in a general database, like Academic Search Complete, in order to get a feel for what's out there. Then, once you have a better grasp on what you are looking for, you can use more subject specific database sources.

If you get lost or aren't sure where to look, ask Peg or at the Reference Desk!

Newspaper and Magazine articles

These databases are good sources for popular press articles. You can also use them to get at the full text of articles when you hit  a "paywall" on a news website.

Social Science Databases

These databases contain scholarly and professional literature in a wide range of social science topics--mass media, sociology, psychology, criminal justice.

Health Science Databases

Use these databases to search for scholarly and professional literature on topics related to medicine, nursing or kinesiology.

General Databases

These databases are good sources for a wide variety of popular and scholarly articles on a wide range of topics. This makes them a good place to start your search.

Database Searching Exercise

Do a search for your topic in Academic Search Complete (link above). Answer the questions on the worksheet based on your results list.

Subject-Specific Databases

Because you are creating an argument based issues paper, you may need to explore some subject- or discipline- specific resources. The rest of this page has databases organized by subject areas. Try a few that relate to your topic. If you need help figuring out the best approach, ask Peg or at the Reference Desk.

Business Databases

These databases contain both scholarly and popular articles on business related topics.

Education Databases

These databases contain scholarly and professional literature on a wide variety of education topics.

Science Databases

Use these databases to search for scholarly and professional information on a variety of science and science-related topics.