Two Types of Article Databases

Which article database to use depends upon your topic.

1. General Article Databases

  • Is your topic general or cross-disciplinary?
  • Currently in the news?

If so, start with one of the general article databases. These cover a wide range of subjects and often index a mixture of popular and scholarly sources. This is often a good place to begin research. Examples of general databases and the kinds of articles they identify are:

Academic Search Complete

The world's most comprehensive scholarly, multi-disciplinary full-text database.  This database also offers indexing and abstracts for more than 11,200 journals, and is updated daily.

Provides access to a wide range of full text news, business, legal, medical and reference information. Updated daily.
Up-to-date, in-depth and objective full text information on the most prominent and hotly debated issues of the day.


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Original InfoRM material © 2011 by the Liberty University Jerry Falwell Library. This tutorial incorporates material from SBU Library Research Guide, a tutorial developed by the Stony Brook University Libraries, © 2004, from Inflite, a tutorial developed by IUPUI, © 2003, from Searchpath, a tutorial developed by the Western Michigan University Library, © 2001-2002, and from TILT, a tutorial developed by the Digital Information Literacy Office for the University of Texas System Digital Library, © 1998-2002. This material may be reproduced, distributed, or incorporated, provided that appropriate credit is given.