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Eng / Span 100 (Hakala): Databases

VIDEO: Finding Databases at UC Merced

Learn how to find databases and how to narrow down by database subject area, full-text availability, etc. (1:14)

Selected Literature Databases


With a partner, look at an assigned database. Try some searches related to your topics, and answer the following questions:

  • 1) Does this database include scholarly articles? Articles related to your topic?
  • 2) Can you sort items by date?
  • 3) Can you get full text of articles?

Databases: Academic Search Complete, Project Muse, MLA

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Ulrichs Global Serials Directory

Not sure if an article is scholarly or popular?  Ulrichs has detailed information on more than 300,000 publications.  Enter journal/magazine title in the search box and find your publication.  Then, look for Academic/Scholarly in the Content Type field.

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