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.
Check out our helpful document delivery services for articles.
Not sure if your article is scholarly? Don't know what peer-reviewed is?
Learn more here: About Scholarly Articles
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
July 14: The Library is looking for Student Research Fellows in SHHS, SOEC, and SOBM. Learn more and apply on the NU Jobs page (search for Research Fellow).
June 30: We will have modified hours for summer break. Enjoy your time off!
June 23: If you haven't watched our short tutorial on Using Citations to Find Books and Articles, we highly recommend it. We just recently refreshed it for 2018.
When researching a question, don't use complete sentences. Instead, use the most important keywords! For example:
How are mobile devices affecting education?
The most important keywords are:
mobile devices AND education
Use Boolean operators to modify your search. This is very useful when you are searching for journal articles!
AND OR NOT
AND will narrow your search results:
"global warming" AND glaciers
OR will expand your search results:
"mobile devices" OR smartphones
NOT will exclude certain results:
cowboys NOT football
Use quotation marks to search for an exact phrase. This will help you find more specific results! For example:
social media = 8221 results
"social media" = 1140 results
Use an asterisk (*) after a set of letters to perform a truncated search. This will find variations of a word. For example:
will find results containing the words...
muscle, muscular, musculoskeletal, etc.