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:
These databases are excellent starting points for your research because they have something on every subject:
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 (i.e., keywords).
See examples below:
How does domestic violence affect 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