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Research Tutorial

Searching in Databases

Now that you know what a database is, and how to find the databases on the Library's web page, it's time to start searching in them. But what exactly are you searching for?

Different databases have different types of materials, but in general, these are the types of things you can expect to find in a database:

  • Academic journal articles
  • Newspaper articles
  • Popular magazine articles
  • Trade journal articles
  • Book reviews
  • White papers/best practice papers
  • Videos, images, and other media

The word "articles" comes up a lot in that list. Articles are the most important thing you can find in these databases. They are going to provide you with the most up-to-date research and thinking on your topic.

 In This Section
Choosing a Database
The Mechanics of Searching

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