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Library Research Guides

Essentials of Library Research

This guide will help you define your topic, find books & articles, evaluate the information you find, and cite your sources.

Finding Articles

The library has around 1,000 article databases that provide access to millions of articles. To find the best resources for your research, you will often need to look in more than one database. Watch the videos on this page to learn how to use U-M Library Search to find articles and why you should use library databases.

Why Use Library Databases

Recommended Databases

Subject Area Database Name Description
General/Multidisciplinary Library Articles Search Gateway to discovering a wide range of the library's resources. Results include scholarly journal articles, newspaper articles, book chapters, conference proceedings, and more from all disciplines.
General/Multidisciplinary ProQuest Research Library Indexes over 5,000 journals and magazines, academic and popular, with full text included for over 3,600.
General/Multidisciplinary JSTOR Provides full-text access to core scholarly journals in the arts, humanities, social sciences and sciences.
News & Current Events ProQuest News & Current Events Full text newspapers from all over the world. This database searches major newspapers like the New York Times and the Detroit Free Press.
News & Current Events LexisNexis Academic Provides full-text access to a wide range of news, business, legal, and reference information, including hundreds of U.S. and foreign newspapers, legal and business publications, wire services, broadcast media transcripts, and trade/news magazines.
Business ABI/INFORM Global Indexes 3,000+ business-related periodicals (with full text for 2,000+), including Wall Street Journal.
Education ERIC [ProQuest] Database from the U.S. Dept. of Education providing extensive access to educational-related literature.
Psychology PsycINFO This database contains more than one million citations and summaries of journal articles, book chapters, books, dissertations and technical reports, all in the field of psychology.
Sciences/Social Sciences Web of Science Searches multiple databases related to the sciences and social sciences.
Humanities/Social Sciences Project MUSE Full-text access to scholarly journals and e-books published by more than 120 scholarly societies and university presses. This is a great database for research in the humanities and social sciences.

 

Finding Databases

The U-M Library subscribes to hundreds of databases which gives you access to thousands of journals and articles. The following video explains how you can find the appropriate database for your research needs

 

In addition to finding datases, the Journal search allows you to search for journals available at U-M. If you know the title of the journal you can enter it into the search box. If you are not looking for a specific journal you can browse by discipline. If U-M doesn’t own the journal you are looking for, we can obtain copies of articles for you via interlibrary loan.