Answered By: Sandy Marinaro
Last Updated: Jul 25, 2018     Views: 54

OneSearch will allow you to search the library catalog and most of the online databases for books, e-books and articles, but it may not always be the best choice.

Start by thinking about your assignment. What is most important?

Broad coverage of a topic from a variety of sources?

Multidisciplinary databases such as Academic Search Complete. They include popular and scholarly sources from all academic disciplines.

Newspaper databases such as Nexis Uni. They include newspapers and magazines as well as many specialty searches.

These types of databases are often a good starting point for research.

In-depth coverage of a single subject or discipline?

Single subject databases like CINAHL (nursing), ERIC (education) or PsycINFO (psychology) focus on a single academic discipline.

As you advance in your major, your professors will expect you to search for sources within your academic field.

Scholarly peer-reviewed articles?

Many databases allow you to limit your searches to scholarly sources. They may also call these sources Academic, Peer Reviewed or Refereed Journals.

If you aren’t sure if you are finding scholarly sources, talk to one of the reference librarians.

A specific source, such as the Wall Street Journal?

Some specific sources are included in the database list, such as Wall Street Journal.

If you do not see the source you need, use the Journal Finder to determine which database includes the desired periodical.

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