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Writing 105 (Downey): Article Databases

Grammar & Style

Finding Databases at UC Merced

How to find databases at UC Merced. Learn to search for databases and narrow down by database subject area, full-text availability, etc. (1:07)





Overview & Examples

Databases search multiple sources, including newspapers, magazines, & scholarly journals, through one interface.

"Use scholarly journal articles when you need original research on a topic; articles and essays written by scholars or subject experts; factual documented information to reinforce a position; or references lists that point you to other relevant research...Scholarly journals include information of academic interest, so they are not the best sources for general interest topics" (CQ University Library, "Evaluating Books, Journals, Journal Articles and Websites").

For example:

Find all of the library's databases by subject here.

For your topic, it may be beneficial to search databases in your discipline, the composition & writing databases, as well as the two databases listed in the Multiple Subjects box below.

Multiple Subjects

Composition & Writing