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ENG 101: Writing I, Robert Morris: Articles

Databases to look for Articles

Below are a couple interdisciplinary or general databases that would be a good place to begin research. Depending on your topic, you may want to use a subject-specific database, You can browse all the databases, organized by subject, here. 

Please note: for access from off-campus, you must login to each database using your T-Wolves username and password.

Article Search Parameters

To access only scholarly articles, you should check the "peer-reviewed" option in databases.

To receive only full-text articles, check the "full-text" option (Full-text means the full article is immediately available. If you don't choose full-text articles, you may only receive a citation or abstract of an article.)

You may want to adjust the data range and only search for articles within the last 5-10 years. This is especially important for science and technology-related topics.

Search tips

Too few articles

  • Check for spelling errors or typos
  • Use subject headings or keywords, do not use long phrases
  • Try using synonyms or utilize Boolean operator “OR” to search similar concepts (For example, Global warming OR Climate change)
  • If you have a good source, look at its subject headings or keywords to get search ideas for related articles

Too many articles

  • Add another aspect to your search using Boolean operator “AND” (For example, Global warming AND Flooding)
  • Add limits, such as full-text, peer-reviewed, and date range
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