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ENG 500

A guide to research skills for English studies grad students.

Subject databases for other disciplines

Searching in one additional discipline allows you expand your search incrementally.

History databases

Databases for other disciplines

A few more examples are provided below.  Go to our databases A-Z page to find even more.  Use the All Subject pull-down menu to narrow by discipline.

JSTOR and Project Muse

JSTOR and Project Muse are journal repositories.  Journals that appear in either one usually have 100% full text, but a journal only appears in in one at all if the publisher has made and agreement with the repository.  I do not use them as starting point for research, because their coverage of a single discipline is never as good as a specialized subject database like the MLA International Bibliography, Education Source, or Linguistics and Language Behavior Abstracts.

Where they do shine:

  • They allow you to do an interdisciplinary search without going as big as Library Search or Google Scholar.
  • They allow you to search the full text of everything-- great for when you are looking for information on a person, thing, event, or even a word, and you are not finding whole articles focused on it.
  • JSTOR has long back runs of journals, allowing you to find scholarly sources from as far back as the late 19th century.

Library Search and Google Scholar

Library Search is the search box on the library home page.  It cross searches a large percentage of our holdings, including books.  What Library Search and Google Scholar have in common is that both are ways to explode the scope of your search, because they cover all disciplines.  So, a lot more sources, but often messy results.

The Google algorithm and search interface are very different from what library databases use. Sometimes this is a good thing!

Google Scholar Search
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