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Tutor Guide: Databases

Why Use Databases?

If you are looking for a quick way to find a plethora of potential sources for a paper or project, databases are the place to search.  On the library homepage, click on the Databases tab at the top.  The databases are listed alphabetically here, but are also listed by subject in the Research Guides.

The research library at the Rijksmuseum, photo courtesy of Jan Sluijer

What if I Still Can't Find Enough Articles?

To find more articles in the databases, try varying your search terms.  Try alternate spellings and synonyms, pay attention to terms field experts use in their articles, and try using related terms and concepts in your searches. You can also meet with a librarian at the reference desk for help refining your searches and locating additional source material.

General Searching

For general searches or for beginning your research, here are some good databases to start with.

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