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Get the overview of how to find articles including databases basics, how to get more or fewer articles, hot topics and databases by subject.
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Tips for Finding & Using Opinion, Pro & Con Sources
by Kathryn Park - Last Updated Mar 30, 2016
Your best bets for hot topics research, plus tips to save you time and get the sources you need.
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Tips for Finding Academic & Scholarly Articles
by Kathryn Park - Last Updated Jul 7, 2016
Your best bets for finding academic & scholarly articles, plus step by step tips to save you time and get the sources you need.
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Tips for Finding Cause & Effects Sources
by Kathryn Park - Last Updated Oct 12, 2016
Your best bets for cause & effect research, plus tips to save you time and get the sources you need.
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Tips for Finding Peer Reviewed Articles
by Kathryn Park - Last Updated Jul 7, 2016
Your best bets for finding peer reviewed articles, plus step by step tips to save you time and get the sources you need.
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Home Access

HomeIt's true, you can access many COM Library resources at home! COM Library’s catalog, and the thousands of eBooks and articles in our databases can all be accessed off campus. Just login with your COM ID# and last name. Get more on Home Access.

More On Articles & Databases

Articles & Media
by Kathryn Park - Last Updated Aug 9, 2016
Access article and media databases, collections, tips for finding articles and how to use databases guides.
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How Do I Get Started?

ClockThe best way to get started is with COM Library databases.Not only will you get the full text articles that are the college level sources that your instructors expect you to use, you'll save time! Here are some great features:

  • Grab citations for your articles. You can see step by step how to grab the citations and tweak them  in our APA and MLA guides.
  • Articles can be printed, downloaded or emailed.
  • You can save time by using full text time limits and more.
  • You can create free personal database accounts that lat you save and organize your articles and searches. 
  • Find out how to use these great database features step by step in our guides.

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 labeled Articles in the guides.

Use the links below to access databases by subject or content type.

Databases by Content Type
by Kathryn Park - Last Updated Nov 4, 2016
Use the best databases for biographies, media, quotations, timelines, primary sources and more.
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Databases by Subject
by Kathryn Park - Last Updated Nov 30, 2016
Get articles from the best databases for your subject.
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What's in the Databases?


  • Full-text articles from popular periodicals
  • Medical resources and health information eBooks
  • Academic reference materials
  • Newspapers and magazines from around the world
  • Transcripts from TV and 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

    COM Library Databases v. Google

    #1Searching 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:

    1. A search engine won't turn up many Web sites containing full-text articles from the kind of publications your instructors are looking for.
    2. Sad, but true: not everything is on the Internet.
    3. Few substantive materials are on the Internet for free.
    4. 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.


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