Choosing the Right Database
What you are looking for will help you determine which database is most appropriate. Start with Dowling's list of databases by subject, which categorizes the college's databases into broad subject areas. Find the area most likely to include your topic. If you know the name of a database you want to search, choose "All Databases" for an alphabetical list.
Some categories to note:
- Multi-Subject. These databases cover a wide variety of topics and are a good place to start when you're not sure where to go.
- Newspapers/Current Events. These databases include national and regional newspapers and popular magazines. They are a good place to research a topic that's currently in the news.
- Biographies. This category lists a number of online reference sources that will aide you in researching the lives of people in all fields.
Check the info icon next to each database to learn:
- the time period covered by the contents of the database
- an abstract describing the scope of the database
- a list of icons in the database that will lead you to full text