Getting Started With Your Research
A self-help guide to quality information
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How do I know what databases to use for my topic?
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Choosing the Best Database
To find a good specialized database, check out the Subject pulldowns on the Articles and Databases page. For each broad subject (e.g. Art, Biology, Communication Studies, etc.) a few Key Databases will be highlighted.
sure to try more than one of the Key Databases, since different
databases cover different journals and may have subtly different
strengths. The [info] link beside each database will tell you
a bit about what it includes.
What about Full Text Resources?
The Full Text Resource! note means that the database has some complete articles in it, unlike other sources which may only have citations (i.e., information on where the articles were published.)
Does Full Text make the database your best first choice?
if your paper is due tomorrow! However, many databases without this
note will link to online articles. And for many topics, the best information
will be found in a mix of online and print.
What if I'm not looking for articles?
The Libraries also have databases that
contain data, facts and figures, images, or electronic
Still unsure where to start?
Remember you can always Ask Us! for recommended databases.
Prepared for the Jean and Alexander Heard Library, Vanderbilt University
We would like to express our sincere appreciation to MIT Libraries for granting permission to modify and use their "Information Navigator" tutorial.