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GRMN 4813-8803 Spring 2023

Finding information

The Library subscribes to tens of thousands of academic journals. Most of this content is provided through databases. Each database provides a unique set of information sources, and you may need to use more than one database to get all the information you need. 

Most library databases use OpenAthens for authentication.

What is a database and why use one

What is a scholarly database? 

A scholarly database organizes the best quality, most relevant information for a field or discipline in one place so it can be searched. Because there is so much scholarly research and so many different fields, databases specialize in which kinds of information or tools they provide. 

Why use a scholarly database? 

Scholarly databases take into account the important publications and research methods of a field or discipline. The database helps you make choices about which articles you want to see - by subject, dates of publication, overall topic, and more. Google and Google Scholar, while vast, do no quality control on the content they provide or give you good tools to narrow your focus. 

Find academic articles

The following databases will help you find academic articles. Use the Advanced Search option to combine keywords.

  • Combine synonyms and related terms with OR
  • Combine disparate concepts with AND to find articles that cover both concepts

Three Venn diagrams illustrating Boolean operators AND, OR and NOT

Many scholarly databases include a thesaurus or subject terms list that will help you find appropriate, useful vocabulary and related keywords.

You can find additional databases on the Library's A-Z Databases list - use the Subjects drop-down menu and look for the discipline or field you are interested in (e.g. modern languages, engineering, public policy).