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WRI 122: Argumentative Writing

What are Databases?

Article databases are tools you can use to find articles on a variety of topics. Some databases are interdisciplinary (they cover multiple subjects/topics) and some are subject-specific (they specialize in providing articles on a single subject). Use the tabs below to explore different kinds of databases, and use the Tips section to learn how to search in databases. 

Databases

Databases require a different kind of search technique. Instead of entering a long string of text, you connect your search terms using Boolean Operators: AND, OR and NOT. The diagram below shows the effect of using each of the Boolean Operators. The black area indicates the volume of items that will be retrieved in each case.
 
 Venn diagram showing how the Boolean Operators AND, OR and NOT retrieve different numbers of results
Cecelia Vetter, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons


 

Start your article search in a database that covers all subjects:    

VIDEO: How to use databases from EBSCO (4 min.)

Exploring a topic related to your major? Try a subject-specific database.

Click one of the links below to explore databases focused on your subject:

  BUSINESS

    COMPUTER SCIENCE

   EDUCATION

   MECHANICAL ENGINEERING

  HEALTH & MEDICINE

   PSYCHOLOGY

SUBJECT DATABASES FOR ADDITIONAL MAJORS