Research Databases


Databases are NOT websites, we just ACCESS them through the Web. 
They are cross-referenced collections of resources, including:

*Book sections * Articles from magazines and academic journals * Newspaper articles * Podcasts * TV and radio broadcasts
* Special videos * Images * Interviews * Primary sources * Speeches* Criticism * Statistics * Raw data * Topic overviews *

The VERY FIRST thing you should always do when using one of our Databases is to SIGN IN WITH YOUR GOOGLE ACCOUNT. 
This allows you to DOWNLOAD any article or other resource you find directly to your Google Drive.

Databases are searched differently than Google. 
A successful search starts BROADLY, with just a single or choice few KEY TERMS.

Before you search thing about what term(s) would yield the HIGHEST number of relevant results, then use the features of the database to help you narrow your topic.

For instance, you can search the US History in Context Database by time period (decade), OR by the broad topic of Civil Rights.  Then use the "Search Within Page" feature on the right-hand side to search for a more specific term, like Scottsboro, Jim Crow, etc. 

Additionally, once you search a broad topic, pick a resource type (I suggest to start with REFERENCE articles!), then use the "Limit Search By..." menu on the right (click "Show More") and peruse the suggested subtopics.  You might just find links there that you wouldn't have otherwise thought about!

All articles and other resources INCLUDE THE CORRECT MLA CITATION at the end of the article.  Copy-and-Paste into your Works Cited page.  Additionally, the citation comes with the article if you DOWNLOAD it to your GOOGLE DRIVE.

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