The University of Illinois Library is very large, and we subscribe to hundreds of different article databases that you can use in your research. Sometimes, this can be a little overwhelming. Below are several strategies you can use for finding databases to search for articles in your discipline.
1. On the Library homepage, enter your search into the Easy Search box. In this example we'll search for "gun control."
2. Sometimes the Suggestions box at the top of the results page will link to a Library Guide that includes the terms you searched for. Library guides list useful resources and ways to search.
3. The left side of the results page lists articles found in EBSCO databases. Below that are articles found through Scopus. In the middle column, under Library Catalog, are books and other materials owned by the Library. On the right side are subject suggestions, as well as contact information for the library that specializes in the subject you searched for.
4. On the Library homepage, you can switch which sources Easy Search searches using the tabs at the top of the search bar. You can also use the advanced search to choose which resources to search.
The University of Illinois library system has about 25 departmental libraries that serve different academic units and hold unique collections. Each library has its own web page that serves as an access point for recommended resources for a given discipline.
For example, the Social Sciences, Health and Education Library has links to recommended resources and databases for the disciplines and majors that it serves. Every departmental library has similar recommendations listed on its homepage.
What's the difference between an online journal and a database? A journal is one particular title, like Nature, The Annual Review of Sociology, or Aquacultural Engineering. A database collects citations to articles from many different journals, usually organized by subject. For example, America: History and Life covers American history and ABI/Inform covers business and economics.
You can either search the Online Journals and Databases for the name of a journal or database, or browse journals by subject.
The search screen for Online Journals and Databases looks like this:
The results screen for Online Journals and Databases looks like this:
Once you have accessed the journal, you will be able to browse the contents, by year and volume/issue number.
The Library's A-Z Databases list has every database the library owns. If you choose a subject from the dropdown menu it will show you the most relevant databases in your area, as well as "Best Bets," or suggested databases to start with.