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Last Updated: Jan 26, 2017  |  7 Views

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JCC Libraries subscribe to over 80 databases (from the Library Homepage click on Databases by Title or Databases by Subject under SEARCH COLLECTIONS) which can be a little overwhelming.   Here are a few recommended General Topic databases:

Academic Search Complete (EBSCO)
Proquest Direct
General OneFile (Gale)

These databases are good for most topics and are an excellent place to start your research. 

Before you put anything into the database search box, identify your search words.  Think about your topic and pick out the most important words, for example, if I wanted to find articles about the effect of violent video games on children I would enter these keywords into the search box:  Children and "Video Games" and Violence

  • Avoid using long sentences and try using keywords instead.
  • Join your keywords with the word and.
  • Put phrases inside quotes like I did with "Video Games"
  • Check your spelling!

Before you hit enter to start your search, see if there is a checkbox for "Full-Text" and a place to specify a date range.  These are available in most databases and can help you to limit your results. 

Remember, if you are off-campus, you will be prompted to enter your student ID and password in order to access the databases.

The "Introduction to Research" Libguide (link below) will help you to focus your topic and contains tips on searching the databases for articles.  There are other Libguides (research guides created by the JCC Librarians) containing resources and research help on many different subjects.

Please contact us again if you need further help!

Answered by Maggie McElrathBookmark and Share

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