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. An example of general database is:
Academic Search Complete
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. The library's Subject Guides have listings of highly recommended and recommended databases for in-depth, subject-specific information. Some examples of subject-specific databases are:
Art Abstracts (art)
Biological Abstracts (biology and other life sciences)
Business Source Complete (business)
CINAHL (nursing and allied health)
Sociological Abstracts (sociology)
Suggestions for finding appropriate databases for your research:
Click the Articles and Databases tab on the library homepage.
If you know what database you want to search, select a database by name from the A to Z links.
If you want suggested databases to search, select a database by subject.
Check also the years covered in a database. The time span covered in databases varies. For example, ERIC covers 1966 to the present and PsycINFO from 1887 to the present.