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General Sources for Basic Library Research: Articles

General, all-purpose sources for basic library research, suitable for a variety of topics.


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Specific Journal Databases

See All Resources for an alphabetical list (good if you know the name of the database you want) or try a focus below.


When to Use an Article

Use an article when you need:

Detailed treatment of a narrow focus

Journals go into depth on a narrow aspect of a topic.

Example:  how Wii technology influences learning in education video games

Very current information

Books may not have had time to be written and pubished, but a journal/news article might.

Example:  What are the latest new drugs to treat depression?

Article Database Info

What's It For?

  • Finds articles from popular magazines, scholarly journals, newspapers, etc.
  • Some may include books, but mostly articles here.


  • Some articles are full-text.  You can read them from the screen.
  • Make liberal use of the filters in the left column of the database.
  • Email yourself the article and citation to save time

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