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Online databases are a good place to start when you are searching for articles -- especially scholarly and peer-reviewed articles. Databases are searchable collections of research and other articles from journals, magazines, and newspapers. You can search for articles by topic or, if you already know the information, by author or title.
Databases often include the full text of their articles, which allows you to read an article online, download it, or print a copy. Not all articles in a database include the article's full text.
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.
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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