Answered By: Chris Clouser Last Updated: Feb 07, 2020 Views: 573
The IUP Libraries subscribes to lots of databases so, you're right, it can be hard to know which databases are the best for your research.
The library databases website at http://libraryguides.lib.iup.edu/az.php lists all of the databases in alphabetical order, but it also offers several features to help you make the best choice.
1. The popular and most frequently used databases are listed on the right-hand side of the page. A general database like Academic Search Ultimate is a great place to start for nearly every topic.
2. To find the databases more specific to your subject area, open the drop-down menu for All Subjects and select your topic area. The system will return databases that are focused on that subject and will highlight several "Best Bets." These featured databases have been flagged by a librarian in this subject area as ones most students find useful. You will likely find a great database for your research among these best bets.
3. The librarian for this subject area may also have created a Research Guide for students. The research guide may contain links to recommended databases or websites, tips for finding resources in the library and on the web, and additional strategies for researching in this area. If one is available, the link will appear on the right side of the page. You can also browse the full list of Research Guides by Subject.
Watch this video on Choosing a Library Database to see these steps in action!
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