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Research Basics: Articles & Background Information

The nuts and bolts of college-level research, with links, tips, and explanations.

Research Databases - General, Academic

News & Newspapers

Searching and Browsing Newspapers in Factiva

Factiva is famously difficult to use. Follow these instructions to search major news sources and browse today's newspaper. Find Factiva in the library's database list. 

Tips for searching in databases

Don't settle for just any source. Search until you find what you're looking for.

  • Try multiple databases
  • Keep a list of keywords
  • Use " " to keep words together: "Julius Caesar" 
  • Peer reviewed or scholarly titles have the most authority
  • Narrow your search by date and subject
  • Select full text to see only sources you have immediate access to
  • Deselect full text to see sources which can be ordered quickly through ILL

Background Research

Use these tools to learn more about your topic before you jump into heavier research. 

Finding Magazine Articles

In Academic Search Complete:

1. Search for your topic. 
2. Click "Choose Databases" at the top of the page, check the "Select/Deselect" box to select all databases.
3. In "Source Types" on the left side of the screen, select "Magazines."

Database Tutorials

Many of the databases that you will use come from Ebsco, a provider of online indexes and full text. 

These brief tutorials  describe the searching strategies that work best in databases such as Education Research Complete. You will need Adobe Flash Player to view them.

Creating a Basic Search (Ebsco)

Advanced Search (Ebsco)