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Need articles but not sure where to start? These are some recommended databases for getting started.

  • ArticlesPlus
    ArticlesPlus is perhaps best described as "Google for the library's online content - without the ads!" From a simple single search box, ArticlesPlus searches full-text content as well as metadata from a wide variety of sources and returns a list of relevancy-ranked results.
  • ProQuest  
    Covers a broad range of scholarly journals, magazines, trade publications and dissertations in many different disciplines.
  • General OneFile
    Similar to ProQuest but it's a good idea to try both.
  • PsycINFO  
    This is the best database for research psychological topics but consider it for other topics including medicine, psychiatry, nursing, sociology, education, linguistics, anthropology, business and law.
  • CQ Researcher  
    In-depth, non-biased coverage of political and social issues in the news.
  • Access WorldNews (NewsBank)
    Full text of over 600 US newspapers and over 260 English language newspapers from other countries worldwide.
  • LexisNexis Academic
    A powerful database for searching U.S. and foreign newspapers, legal and business publications, wire services and news transcripts.

  • ISI Web of Knowledge
    Provides cross-search of multiple databases: ISI Web of Science with Conference Proceedings (citation indexes), Current Contents Connect (tables of contents), Biosis Previews, and Medline.
  • Google Scholar (with U-M Ann Arbor MGet It Links)
    The Google Scholar search engine that searches for scholarly documents on the World Wide Web, with the added feature of MGet IT (formerly SFX) links from University of Michigan at Ann Arbor that connect you to the online and print versions held by the University Library.

Databases for Topics in the Biomedical Field

  • PubMed
    The National Library of Medicine's comprehensive database to journal citations in the biomedical sciences.
  • Scopus
    International multi-disciplinary indexing & abstracting database for scientific, medical, technical, and social sciences.
  • Cambridge Scientific Abstracts
    Cross-searchable access to over 60 databases in the areas of Arts & Humanities, Natural Sciences, Social Sciences, and Technology.
  • Health Reference Center Academic
    Indexes 205 nursing, allied health, and medical journals, consumer health magazines and newsletters plus 500 pamphlets, 6 reference books, over 1800 topical overviews, and referral information.

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