Find Articles in Library Databases: Choose a Database

General vs. Subject-Specific

Databases are collections of articles organized by subject. Some cover a broad range of subjects and others focus on articles from a specific discipline, such as psychology, engineering or English literature.

General or Multi-disciplinary

  • Include popular and scholarly articles on all topics
  • Useful if scholars from multiple disciplines write about your topic or if you don't know where to start

Where to Start:


  • Include scholarly and specialized articles from a specific discipline
  • To choose one, think about what department on campus would have scholars researching your topic and pick that department from the Databases list

Where to Start:

Choose a discipline at:

For example:

  • ProQuest Psychology for psychology articles
  • CINAHL Complete for nursing articles