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Research and the Library: Using Resources WISely

This tutorial and module will guide you through the process of library research.

Choosing a Database

Willet Library has research guides for all subjects.  Each guide has a list of databases that may be useful for your research.  You can also access our databases through our Databases A-Z list.  Using Galileo, you can browse databases by subject to see which ones may be right for you.  

Remember, if you don't find what you need in one database don't give up, try several different ones.  Different databases pull from different sources, so you can find articles in one that won't be in others. 

Types of Databases About Start with:
Multi-discipline
  • Has popular and scholarly articles on all topics
  • Useful if you don't know where to start 
Subject specific
  • Has scholarly articles from a specific discipline
  • Offers more in-depth research  
  • Examples: PsycINFO, Religion Database, ERIC

Do not limit to just full-text databases.  Remember that you can get an article through ILL in a few days.  

Choosing the Right Database in Practice

When deciding which database to use for your research, think about what kind of sources you will need. 

Read through the descriptions of databases on the A-Z Guide or GALILEO's site to see which one(s) will best help you find the information you need. Don't forget that they search different sources, so the same search in multiple databases will bring back different results.

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