Think about what subject you need to research.  Do you need to find articles about education?  Business?  Global warming?  The library subscribes to a wide variety of databases – when you know the subject you need to research, you’ll be able to find an appropriate database more easily.

At the top of the library page, you’ll see that one of the navigation tabs is for Subject Guides.  If you need to write a business paper, for instance, you can select the Business subject guide from there.  You’ll then have access to those databases that we recommend using for business research.

If you are writing on a topic that is more general in nature, try using the databases Academic Search Premier or ProQuest Central.  Both databases are multidisciplinary and include information on a huge variety of topics.  You can access them from the Find Articles tab on the top of the home page (select Choose a Database from there).

Don’t forget when you are searching in a database that you may need to try your search using different terms.  For example, you may be looking for an article about global warming.  Don’t forget that some authors may use the phrase ‘climate change’ instead.  If you aren’t finding results using one search term, think about different words an author may use and try those instead.

For additional information related to writing a research paper, check out the NAU Writing Center .


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