1b. Develop Questions & Keywords1d. Find Background Information1e. Refine a Topic
2a. Find Books2b. Find Articles2c. Find Full Text2d. Find Reserves2e. Find Images2f. Find Films2g. Find Websites2h. Search Strategies
3a. Evaluate Sources3b. Primary vs. Secondary Sources3c. Types of Periodicals
4a. Paraphrasing4b. Notetaking
5a. Plagiarism5b. MLA Citation Style5c. Works Cited Examples5d. Copyright
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A - Z Databases

Find magazine / journal articles for your research. You can search the databases for full text articles. If you are OFF CAMPUS you will have to have your DRURY email account password and login.


Article Formats

Depending on the database you are using, articles may be displayed in different formats:

  • Index: Includes only the article’s citation information (e.g. author, title, date, volume, etc.). Neither a summary, nor the full-text of the article are available.
  • Abstract: Includes the article’s citation information and a brief summary of the article's content. Abstracts do not include the full-text article.
  • Full-text: Includes an electronic copy of the actual article. Depending on the database, the article may be available in HTML format, .pdf format (displays the article as it originally appeared in the magazine with graphics and pictures), or both.

Choosing a Database

Article databases provide you with 24-7 access to magazine, journal and newspaper articles via the Internet. To help you identify the most appropriate database for your topic/subject:

  • check with your instructor to see if there is a database they want you to utilize.
  • check to see if there is a DGuide that covers your subject area or topic.


Helpful Hints

If you don't find any references on your topic, ask yourself:

  • Is my spelling correct?. Remember, British and American spelling is different: e.g. use both "colour OR color" in a search.
  • Is this the best database for my topic? Librarians can help you.
  • Have I typed in a whole sentence, rather than keywords with AND or OR as linking terms?
  • Is my topic too recent for a database search? Journal databases may take a while to index the articles. Perhaps a newspaper article would be best?
  • Have I narrowed my search too far using ANDs: e.g.
    "ergonomics and office and equipment and United States"

If you don't find any useful references on your topic, ask yourself :

  • Have I used OR (for 'either/or') when I should have used AND (for 'as well as') e.g."greenhouse effect or united states" instead of "greenhouse effect and united states?
  • Are your terms too broad: e.g. 'transport' rather than 'railways'? Begin with very specific terms and broaden them if you need to.
  • Check a Thesaurus or the online Index for the database. This lists all the subject headings used by the database to categorise articles; e.g. an education database uses "elementary education" rather than the term "secondary education" to describe articles about high-schools.

HUGE HINT: Always check the database's Help for search suggestions. Each database is slightly different.

General Databases

For general research your can start with these databases:

  • Credo
    ncludes more than 500 reference titles: encyclopedias, dictionaries (English and bilingual), quotations, biographies, and more.
    Coverage from journal date of inception (some beginning 1800s) for a range of disciplines including: social sciences, ecology & evolutionary biology, education, business, language & literature, mathematics and philosophy.
  • Project Muse
    Full text access to 136 journals in a range of disciplines. The collection can be searched using keywords or browsed by individual titles.
  • ProQuest Central
    ProQuest Central is the largest aggregated full-text database in the market today, with thousands of periodical titles and millions of full-text articles available. It serves as the central resource for researchers at all levels in all markets.

Print Periodicals

The Library subscribes to many print magazine, journal and newspaper titles.

Use our Journal Finder to see what we have; online and print.

The most recent issues can be found near the West Wall. Back issues can be found on the main floor to the rear of the library; they are filed alphabetically.


Journal Finder

You can use our Journal Finder to search for specific journals.


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Interlibrary Loan

If you come across an article you need for your research, and the Library does not provide full-text access to it in print or electronic format, request it through our Interlibrary Loan (ILL) service.

ILL requests can take up to 2 weeks to process, but generally costs nothing.


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