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The National University Library has over 180 article databases. Using a subject database, as opposed to a general or all-topics database, is sometimes an easier way to identify articles from a specific discipline's perspective. Below are a couple of ways to identify relevant subject databases:
Use the Library Research Guide home page to browse for a subject guide. The Find Articles tab of each subject guide will have a box that lists "core article databases" or a database comparison chart for that discipline.
Try one of the following selected subject databases:
The following core databases cover multiple-subjects and are a great place to begin.
Check out our alphabetical list of electronic resources for more library databases.
If you're looking for a specific journal, search for it here to find out if the Library has access to it in print or electronic form.
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Full Text Articles
Not all databases will provide the full text of articles even though the library has access to them.
Learn more here: Finding Full Text
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AND OR NOT
AND will narrow your search results:
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"mobile devices" OR smartphones
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will find results containing the words...
muscle, muscular, musculoskeletal, etc.