Identifying ResourcesDatabases: General VS. Subject Specific

General Databases

General databases usually include a wide range of topics and/or types of documents. Use general databases for background, overview, and state-of-the-art information about your topic. A general database is also a good way to begin your research. Some examples of general databases are:

  • Academic Search Complete
  • XPLORE Library Catalog

Subject-Specific Databases

Subject-specific databases focus on a single academic discipline or a group of related disciplines. While they cover more specific topics within their subject area, they do not include the broad range of topics common to general databases. Some examples of subject-specific databases are:

  • Art Fulltext (art)
  • Biosis Citation Index(biology and other life sciences)
  • Business Source Complete (business)
  • CINAHL (nursing and allied health)
  • PsycINFO (psychology)
  • Social Work Abstracts (social work)

Finding Databases

Suggestions for finding appropriate databases for your research:

  1. Click the Databases tab on the library homepage.
  2. If you know what database you want, search by keyword or title of the database.
  3. If you want a list of databases to use, select a database by subject or academic program.

Searching for Databases

NOTE: Check the years covered in a database as the time span covered in a database varies. For example, ERIC covers 1966t o the present and PsycINFO covers from 1887 to the present.