Save Yourself Some Time: Use a Database
The quickest way to find the college level articles your instructors expect you to use is with our databases. Databases collect articles from print periodicals and may include abstracts or full text articles. Content of the article can be printed, downloaded or emailed. Through our databases we have access to:
- Full-text articles from popular periodicals
- Medical resources and health information eBooks
- Academic reference materials
- Newspapers and magazines from around the world
- Transcripts from television news shows and National Public Radio
- Research on public and private companies, here and abroad
- Consumer marketing data and emerging technology reports
- Genealogy resources
- Latest breaking news and daily updates from newspaper wire services
- Hundreds of popular periodicals, including Business Week, Rolling Stone, and Smithsonian
- Streaming media
How Do I Get Started?
The best way to get started depends on your topic, but our most popular database with students and instructors is Academic Search Complete. It has articles and article citations from over 8,000 journals and magazines on virtually every academic subject.
COM Library Guides collect the best databases to search for your subjects, as well as some top articles. Look for tabs laeled Articles in the guides.
Use the links below to find the best ways to search for articles by subject, content type and more.
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Use the best databases for biographies, media, quotations, timelines, primary sources and more.
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Get articles from the best databases for your subject.
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Find articles on hot topics and controversial issues in COM Library databases. Step by step instructions for the top Hot Topics Databases included!
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Tips for finding an article or book you want but can't find the full text or just have a citation to it.
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COM Library Databases v. Google
Searching a database is better than searching Google for college level research. Not only will it you save time, you'll get better quality resources. Here's why:
- A search engine won't turn up many Web sites containing full-text articles from the kind of publications your instructors are looking for.
- Sad, but true: not everything is on the Internet. Few substantive materials are on the Internet for free.
- There is no quality control for information on the Internet.
- 2/3 college students said the Internet doesn't offer a range of resources wide enough for their research needs.
--Source: The Top Ten Reasons TexShare Is Better Than Just Surfing the Internet, Texas State Library.
Wait, There's More!
Some magazine and journal publishers do publish articles on the Internet. Generally this is limited to sample articles or even just abstracts of the articles, so if you do search the Internet for articles you generally will not find many on your topic. Since all the library's databases can be accessed at home and have thousands more journals available than what is freely available on the Internet, using the databases makes more sense. You will get you a lot more articles at the college level that your instructors expect and in less time.