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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.

Library Help

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Getting Started with ArticlesPlus

ArticlesPlus searches the majority of the library’s databases at once. If you aren’t sure where to start your research, or if you have an interdisciplinary topic, start with ArticlesPlus.

Finding Journals

The Online Journals page allows you to search for full text electronic journals available at UM. 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 UM doesn’t own the journal you are looking for, we can obtain copies of articles for you via interlibrary loan.


Why Use Library Databases

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Once you have found a promising article, click on in any database to find the full-text online (if available), or to see if we own a print copy

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 ArticlesPlus and why you should use library databases.

Recommended Databases

Subject Area Database Name Description
General/Multidisciplinary ArticlesPlus ArticlesPlus searches the majority of the library's databases at once. In ArticlesPlus, you'll find scholarly articles, newspaper articles, magazine articles, and more.
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.