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ED 101: Aim for Excellence: Databases

Library Databases

A common question is "Where do I start searching?"

Using Google is popular, but it isn't always as helpful for finding academic sources. This is why libraries subscribe to other databases (also known as search tools) for students to use.

  • The Clark Library has two starting point databases that cover many topics: Academic Search Premier and UP Library Search.
  • The Library also has databases dedicated to specific subjects. Using a subject database is an efficient way to find academic sources in a field or discipline (biology, communication studies, history, etc.). Visit our Subject Guides to see which databases are best. 

Still unsure of where to start? Take a look at our Getting Started with Research guide, or ask us! We can point you in the right direction and save you time.

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