A database is a searchable online collection or index of items. Databases are great sources for articles because much of the material in ULS databases is the high quality, scholarly research information that most professors want. Most of our databases offer links to the full text of articles. To search a database:
This page adapted from a guide authored by Marian Hampton from Hillman Library at University of Pittsburgh.
Access to full-text library resources from off-campus is easy!
Search as you normally do, click on the link to full-text, log in with your Pitt email login and password, and you're good to go for your entire searching session! Access will work best if you stay in the same browser.
These databases are excellent starting points for your research because they have something on every subject:
Generally, our print-format journals are shelved on the 1st Floor of the library, behind the Reference Collection stacks. Daily newspapers and the current issues of select journal titles are shelved in the Browse Area on the 1st Floor, on the west side of the library towards Biddle Hall.
Microfilm and fiche formats are stored in cabinets on the 1st Floor, near the Video Collection.
Once you have narrowed down your topic and come up with the research question your paper will explore, identify the main concepts in your query. Use these concepts as your search terms (keywords).
See examples below:
How does domestic violence effect children?
Compose your search:
domestic violence and children
How else might you compose your search?
family violence and children
Does providing employment opportunitites to ex-prisoners reduce the risk they will re-offend? (= recidivism).
ex-prisoners and employment and recidivism
ex-convicts and employment and recidivism
Perhaps broaden the search to find more about recidivism in general:
recidivism and causes