A library database is a collection of different sources such as magazine articles, journal articles, newspapers, ebooks, streaming videos, images, book reviews, and more. You can find all these sources by searching with keywords. If you are off campus, you will be prompted to login to the databases with your MEID and password.
Type specific keywords or short phrases into the database search box rather than full sentences or questions. Use AND to connect 2 or more different key concepts. Use quotations around exact phrases.
Brainstorm a few different keywords that relate to the topic you are researching. Use OR to connect 2 or more synonyms or related terms. Try a few searches with different keywords to get different results.
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With so many databases to choose from it is hard to know where to start! We have arranged the databases by topic, but if you're unsure of where to start here are some databases to help get you started with your quest for information.
Google Scholar is a search engine for scholarly information published as articles, books, theses and court opinions. Whereas the standard Google search engine finds links to Web pages, Google Scholar results are citations for articles that are not necessarily available for free on the Web.
PLOS (Public Library of Science) "is a nonprofit publisher and advocacy organization founded to accelerate progress in science and medicine by leading a transformation in research communication" (PLOS website)