Library databases contain vast amounts of collected information. They will help you find sources that are tailored to your research topic. Below are some general databases to get you started on research, and some suggestions for subject specific databases that will help you find more information on your individual topic.
To see the full list of databases Doane subscribes to, please visit our A-Z Database Listing.
Science and Communication Databases
The Doane Library catalog is where you will go to find books and eBooks that can help you with your research project.
The Search Strategy Builder is a tool designed to teach you how to create a search string using Boolean logic. While it is not a database and is not designed to input a search, you should be able to cut and paste the results into most databases' search boxes.
You need to use keywords and Boolean logic when searching for materials in library databases.
Keywords describe the main ideas of your research question - think nouns or short phrases instead of whole questions. Boolean logic is a way to combine your keywords to make your searches more efficient. Boolean operators include AND (narrows your search), OR (broadens your search), and NOT (excludes terms to narrow further).
Watch this short video for an overview of the best way to search in a database:
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Used with permission from the Ronald Williams Library at Northeastern Illinois University.