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Journal Databases: Which One to Use?: Home



Because Gumberg Library subscribes to so many databases (over 200 of them!), new researchers are often overwhelmed by the sheer wealth of information available. If this describes you, then this research guide will be of help.

First, it introduces you to two databases that index both popular sources (magazines, newspapers, and trade publications) and scholarly journals. And each contains lots of full text.

Next, this guide lists the most important databases for finding articles in the scholarly journals of specific academic disciplines, essential when you want to do in-depth research in a subject area.

Finally, it lists databases that index selected scholarly journals in many academic disciplines, which you might use to make sure you have not missed anything important.

We hope you will find our suggestions useful. If you need further help, Ask a Librarian.

To see all 200+ databases available, click the "Research Databases" link on the blue bar at the top of the screen.

Find Popular & Scholarly Articles

Great for starting research!

Use for all subjects

Below are links to two great databases, Academic Search Elite and ProQuest Central. They can be used for all subjects. These databases allow you to find both popular articles from magazines and newspapers, and scholarly articles from journals. Both databases contain the full-text of many articles. If you only need a couple of articles, they may be all you need.

To use them from off-campus, you will need to enter your Multipass username and password.

Most Comprehensive Journal Databases by Subject

Go in-depth with these subject-specific databases!

In every academic discipline, there is one database that is preeminent and attempts to comprehensively cover all the literature of that discipline. When you want to go in-depth in a particular discipline, they are essential tools. Below we have listed many of the disciplines and the preeminent database for that discipline. They contain only scholarly articles, nothing from magazines or newspapers.

To use these subscription databases from off-campus you will need to enter your Multipass username and password.

Multidisciplinary Article Databases - Find Scholarly Articles

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Use for all subjects

These databases are multidisciplinary, that is, they cover all subjects. They also contain only scholarly journal articles. If you only need a few scholarly articles on a subject, they might  be good places to start your research. But, you might also want to use them after using the databases above to make sure you have gotten all you can find. When you use them is up to you.

To use these subscription databases from off-campus you will need to enter your Multipass username and password.


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