by Philina Richardson
Evans Library offers several multidisciplinary and general scope databases for use in general research. These databases are excellent tools for all types of research (even specialized), and are great for the beginning stages of a project.
To start, let’s look at Academic Search Complete. This database contains journals, monographs, reports, conference proceedings, and general periodicals, with some records dating back to 1887. Subject areas include anthropology, astronomy, biology, chemistry, engineering, general science, geology, law, math, music, physics, psychology, and religion. Academic Search Complete also offers a cited references search, and the option to browse by publication.
In addition to the Gale Virtual Reference Library, Evans Library also offers a collection of Gale Databases that can be used for general or discipline-specific research. Simply pick a collection, and go! Gale offers several useful search tools, including a subject guide search, a publication search, and a topic finder. Watch the video below to learn more, and to preview Gale’s new look, debuting on April 2nd.
ProQuest is a popular full-text general discipline database containing scholarly articles, magazines, trade publications, and dissertations. Three additional ProQuest databases expand and enrich the original offerings: ProQuest Dissertations and Theses Global, ProQuest Historical Newspapers, and ProQuest Research Companion. ProQuest Research Companion is an interactive learning tool that can help you research smarter and use resources more effectively.
Remember: all research starts with a question. Don’t be afraid to ask!