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ENGCMP 0450: Research Writing - Oakland Campus

This support guide was created for students in ENGCMP 0450: Research Writing and the Professional Writing Program

How do I Find Databases and Articles . .

If you're seeking articles on a topic, search PIttCat or go directly to an Article Database.

Databases are focused collections of articles that you can search by topic or subject. Most of our databases offer links to the full text of articles.

  • If you know the name of the database you want to search, start at the Databases A-Z list.
  • If you're not sure which database to search, you can search databases in a particular Subject, or just ask a librarian for guidance by chatting or emailing us at Ask-A-Librarian.

If you have a citation to an article, search PittCat.

PittCat will list all the journals we subscribe to either online or in paper. If the journal is online, the PittCat item record will offer a link directly to the journal database. If the ULS doesn't subscribe to the journal online, PittCat will list any paper volumes and issues we have of that journal.

If we don't have the journal or article you need, request the article for free through Interlibrary Loan.

Medical Databases

News & Current Events Databases

These databases are excellent starting points for your research because they have something on every subject:

Other Suggested Databases

You can find lots of article databases by using Databases by Subject.  Here are a few you can start with:

Reference Resources

These resources can help you with background information, as well as the resources at our Reference Resources page.