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ENC 0027 - Developmental Reading and Writing II: Using the Databases

Recommended Databases

Academic OneFile is an excellent starting database for a wide variety of topics. Databases contain different articles and other sources, so it is a good idea to search in more than one using the following steps: 

  • Read assignment guidelines

  • Choose a library database

  • Select search limits/limiters

  • Type in search terms 

  • Search! 

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Academic Search Complete is another general database and an excellent starting point.

academic search complete

Opposing Viewpoints has a 'Browse Issues' feature which will show you today's hottest topics.  Includes full-text viewpoint articles, statistics, and articles from academic journals, newspapers, and other reference sources.

CQ Researcher also has a 'Browse Topics' function.  You can also view the most popular subjects in the 'Hot Topics' column on the right side of the page. This database provides award-winning in-depth coverage of the most important issues of the day. Reports are written by experienced journalists, footnoted, and professionally fact-checked. Full-length articles include an overview, historical background, chronology, and pro/con feature, plus resources for additional research.

America's News is a comprehensive database for finding current and past newspaper articles. The videos below go over how to conduct a basic search, how to conduct an advanced search, and how to use suggested topics. 

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