Now you need to choose the right database(s). Some things to consider:
Some of the databases cover many subjects (multidisciplinary) while others cover specific subjects (medicine, business, psychology, etc.). Think about your topic; is it a psychology issue, an education issue, or both? When you get to the database home page, think about the appropriate subject area for your topic.
What kind of source do you need: Statistics about a country? A peer-reviewed journal article? A marketing report? Or maybe a photograph of an particular work of art. We have all of that, so be sure to read the database descriptions. The descriptions give you an idea of what a database contains, whether it's multidisciplinary journal articles, statistics, art work, etc.
The following commonly used databases are full-text.
When searching in the databases, you can get better results by using 3 words:
they are referred to as Boolean Operators
If you use AND between words in your database search, you are telling the database: "All my results must contain these words."
If you use OR between these words, you are telling the database: "All my results must contain at least one of these words." OR is really good to use when you have synonyms that want to use. For example a search on teenagers might be: teenagers OR adolescents OR young adults OR teens
Use NOT if you want to exclude words from your search. Be careful though, you might still exclude good results. I don't suggest using NOT in your searches.
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