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The Research Process

What is a research database and why should I use it

Research databases at Mears Library provide access to premium, scholarly content. Often this is the only way to access that content without paying for it up front. You get really accurate results when you use multiple search fields and limit by peer reviewed or full text. Get results:

  • grounded in research

  • written by credible authors

  • using evidence from research findings

  • with cited references

The bad news? They can be hard to navigate! Check out these resources to help you use research databases with confidence:

Use A-Z Databases to select the right databases for your research 

Not all databases are alike! Just like picking the right keyword for your project, picking the right database makes the research process easier. Here are some strategies:

  • Get specific: pick your academic area from the Subject Guide list for curated databases 

  • Start broad: Use the A-Z Database list and filter as needed

    • Subject: databases by academic area

    • Type: Use Background Information for at the start of your project, and Academic/Scholarly for peer reviewed and scholarly sources

  • Best bets? Check out Recommended Databases for top databases for all areas

Click on the links below for tutorials and resources for our most popular databases.

Academic Search Premier, ERIC, EBSCO MegaFile, GreenFile (EBSCO)

ProQuest Research Library, PyscInfo, Healthcare Administration, ERICCriminal Justice Database and Newspapers (ProQuest)

Science Direct

JSTOR and ARTstor

Films on Demand, Credo Reference and Writer's Reference Center (Infobase)

NexisUni, Criminal Justice, Political Science

Full list of Database Tutorials: click here