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General databases cover all kinds of subject and all kinds of sources (newspapers articles, journal articles, book reviews, magazine articles). The general databases are a good place to start if you need articles from different kinds of sources or if you are not sure which database is the best place to start.
To see a list of all the databases available through the OSU Libraries, go to the Research Databases list. Use the Filter option at the top of the list to narrow down the list of databases by discipline or broad subject area.
A good place to start when you are searching for articles is one of the library online databases. The library subscribes to many databases which are like indexes to different journals, magazines and newspapers. You can search for articles by topic or, if you already know the information, by author or title. Many of the databases have the full text of the article available so you can just download or print a copy.
The most effective way to search the online databases is to enter terms or keywords that effectively describe your topic.
With Google Scholar you can search broadly (across several disciplines) with one search. You can use Google Scholar to find peer-reviewed articles, but you will also find pre-print copies of articles, conference papers, white papers, patents, legal opinions and more.
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