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Library Research Strategies

Subject guides

Similar to the filter-databases-by-subject dropdown menu mentioned in the main body of this page, you can also check out our subject guides.  They will give you the same (or at least a very similar) list of databases by subject.  They also offer additional discipline-specific library information.

What types of sources will I find?

What types of sources are you likely to find when you search?  The answer depends on which resources you use to conduct your searches - databases will get you articles, the library catalog will get you books, the Web will get you websites, etc,  You can find links to these resources in the find background info, find articles, and find books and ebooks tabs in this guide's navigation menu.  What types of sources are best for your research project?  You can compare characteristics of different sources on the Types of sources tab under Evaluating information in the navigation menu.

Ask a Librarian

Visit a librarian at the Reference Desk on the first floor of Ablah Library or contact a Subject Librarian to make an appointment. See the full schedule of library hours for the main library (Ablah) and for the Chemistry and Music branch libraries. Ablah Library hours are also available on an automated phone line: 316-978-3581.

Circulation Desk (Ablah Library)  316-978-3582
Reference Desk (Ablah Library)  316-978-3584
Music Library  316-978-3029
Chemistry Library  316-978-3764
Interlibrary Loan  316-978-3167

Email a librarian with your question.

Search individual article databases

Databases are like search engines for hundreds of journals, reports, magazines, and other sources. Searching one gets you a list of hyperlinked search results, where each link takes you to a database record that corresponds to a particular article.  These records list the article's author(s), title, and other information needed for citations. The records often include an abstract, subject headings, and other information about the article which can help you determine how relevant it is to your research.  Here is an A to Z list of the different databases available through the library:

On the Databases A-Z list, you will see a dropdown menu on the left side of the page that allows you to filter databases by subject area, so that you can see databases relevant to business, nursing, political science, etc.

Interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary databases

In addition to the individual, subject-specific databases, we have certain interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary databases, which cover a broad array of scientific literature:


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