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Choosing a Database: Find Articles & More

Do you need articles for a paper or project? Not sure how to find them? Start here!

What Is a Database?

A library database is a searchable collection of item records.

There are records for scholarly articles (often with full-text) and other types of material.

Colby has 400+ databases that focus on different academic subjects and format types.

Most of this material CANNOT be freely accessed via Google.

Look for Scholarly Journals

Scholarly/Academic Journals...

  • report original research in a specific discipline
  • use in-text citations and bibliographies
  • often contain articles peer-reviewed by scholarly experts
  • are important to college-level work

Look for a check box to narrow your database search results to articles from peer-reviewed journals.

How Do I Choose the Right Database for My Need?


Method 1: Use Library Research Guides and Course Guides

a. From the Colby Libraries home page:

b. Click on   Guides   (orange bar moves)

c. Click on Research Guides or Course Guides

d. Choose a guide relevant to your subject or course and look for links to recommended databases (and other great resources).

e. To find guides focused on types of materials, look under How Tos on Research Guide page (newspapers, images, etc.).


Method 2: Use the Subject Drop-Down in our A-Z Database List

a. From the Colby Libraries home page:

b. Click on   Databases   (orange bar moves)

c. Click on Databases by Title/Subject >

d. This takes you to our A-Z Database List  Use Subject drop-down menu at top left to choose your subject area.

e. Scroll through list to find recommended databases in that subject area.


Further questions?

Email a librarian in your subject area.

We're happy to help!

Library Resources vs. Google

If all information sources were in a castle, your Google results would only be the entryway closet.

Unlock doors to better search results by using library resources!

Research & Instruction Librarian

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Laine Thielstrom

Please don't hesitate to come to me for assistance or questions!
Email me your best dates/times to meet or stop by my office, Miller Library 107C.

Spring 2018 Office Hours:
Tuesdays: 1-2:30pm
Wednesdays: 1-2:30pm
(except 5/8 12-1:30pm)
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