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SOCY 122: Introduction to Academic Library Research

Course guide library research tutorial

Selecting a Database

From the Library Homepage there are several ways to find an article index or database that covers the literature of your discipline. The Library Research Guide for Sociology provides a list of recommended article databases, and it is the recommended starting point:

article indexes section of the sociology library subject guide

When you already know the name of the database you wish to search, you can conveniently get there by clicking on the Databases link on the library homepage.  From the Databases link enter the title of the database in the "Title contains" box and click Search: 

database search from library homepage

Once you have located a database to search, you can click on the "more information" link to read important information about the database's contents (e.g. date and subject coverage, type of material indexed, whether it contains citations or full text content, etc.).