Last Updated: Jan 24, 2024     Views: 12

Are you wanting to narrow your research to a particular subject area?

While Summon Search includes content from all of the library's collection, you may want to target your research if you are getting too many irrelevant results. This might be a good time to consider using a database to locate articles.

Some of the library's databases focus on journal content covering specific disciplines or subject areas. Others are more multi-disciplinary and cover a broad range of academic fields.

There are 2 ways to locate the most relevant databases for your searching.

1. From the library homepage, select the Research Databases tab in the Summon Search box, then look for the Research Databases A-Z link.

Screenshot. Using the research databases a-z list






Next, use the Subject dropdown to locate the databases most relevant to your subject area. On the same page, you can also search by content type, for example, newspapers, streaming videos, etc.

Use the Subject list to find databases for a particular subject area


















2. Most of the library's Subject Guides will have a page or tab highlighting the best databases to use for your research.  Find the subject guide for your class, then locate the journal tab for recommended database searching.

Screenshot. Use a subject guide to find relevant databases.











For more help with your research, contact your subject librarian.

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