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To select a database, think about which disciplines study the issue you are researching and use the recommended list based on that subject. Choosing the best database always depends on the context of your research.
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Ulrich's Periodical Directory
Directory of academic journals, e-journals, popular magazines, and newspapers. Helps determine the peer-review status of a publication.
Scholarly literature, including peer-reviewed papers, theses, books, preprints, and more. Access through the library for access to CSUF subscriptions, or allow in Settings under "Library Links."
Google Government Search
Searches federal, state, and local web sites with .gov, .mil, .edu, and .us domains.
Google Newspaper Archive
Browse listing of all historical newspapers digitized and available online free from Google.
Google Magazine Archive
Collection of digitized magazines including Time, Life, New York Magazine, and Boys Life.
CIA World FactBook Online
The World Factbook provides information on the history, people, government, economy, geography, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues for 267 world entities.
Gale Virtual Reference Library
Scholarly dictionaries, encyclopedias, almanacs, etc. Includes resources for all disciplines taught on this campus.
Multidisciplinary reference books. Great for trusted and concise information on a person, concept, or term.
Includes autobiographies, interviews, obituaries, letters, diaries, memoirs, book reviews, and more.
Biography Index Retrospective
Biographical content from periodicals including articles, interviews, profiles, and book citations of history-makers.
Covers a wide range of controversial topics. Includes primary sources, articles, statistics and more.
Reports on controversial social, economic, political, education, health, environment, technology, and issues back to 1923.
Interdisciplinary archive of over 1,000 leading academic journals in the humanities and social sciences.
America: History & Life
Covers United States history and culture from prehistoric times to the present.
Academic Search Premier
General database that covers a wide range of research resources. A good place to start research!
Covers the history of the world from 1450 to the present, excluding the United States and Canada.
Humanities Full Text
Covers broad subject areas in the humanities, including history, art, classics, folklore, religion, and more.
OmniFile Full Text Mega
A multidisciplinary database covering art, education, humanities, social sciences, business and technology.
Most comprehensive bibliographic resources for Mexican-American topics and the only database for Chicano reference.
Women's Studies International
Indexes women's studies and feminist-related journals, newspapers, and books in sociology, history, political science & more.
Articles from newspapers, magazines, and journals from the ethnic, minority, and native presses.
Articles from newspapers, magazines, and journals relating to gender roles and their impact over time.
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General Database Search Strategies
The * character is used as a wildcard: effect* searches for effects, effecting, effected
AND narrows the search results
OR expands search results (used for synonyms or related words)
NOT excludes terms from a search
Use " " for phrase specific searching