Answered By: Kendra Harrell
Last Updated: Dec 22, 2023     Views: 54

Short answer: That depends on what you're looking to find.

Use the database list to find the right database.

The database list is sortable by:

  • Subject
    • Like business, economics, education, etc.
  • Type
    • Like ebooks, newspapers, maps, biographies, etc.
  • Vendor/provider
    • Like EBSCO, Proquest, JSTOR, etc.


You can also search the database list.

This wouldn't be the same as searching for your exact research topic, but you'd search for the general topic.

  • Example: "Poetry" to find databases related to poetry, not "Walt Whitman" to find articles about him.
  • Example: "Business" to find databases that have information about business, not "Disney" to find articles and reports about the company.
Each database has a description with it of the subjects it covers, and the types of information available. Be on the lookout for "index" or "abstract" -- that means it might not be a full text database.


If you can't figure out what database would be the best one to use for your research, ask a librarian!