Our Most Commonly Used Databases
- Academic Search Complete - huge general database
- EBSCOhost - search up to all 36 EBSCO databases at once plus your MLA and APA citations are done for you.
- Factiva - **currently not working off-campus** Newspaper, journal, magazine, newswires, newsletters, media programs, web sites, and company report articles from all over the world.
- CQ Researcher - great for current issues
- Issues and Controversies - ideal for controversial topics
- Opposing Viewpoints- gives both sides of an issue which is the only way to know your viewpoint
- Subject Guide to Online Periodical Databases - use this if you have a subject area, for example psychology, but don't know which of our 200+ databases would work best for your topic.
- Title List of Online Periodical Databases - if you know exactly which database(s) you want to search.
- Houff Library Periodical Holdings - list of all our magazines, journals and newspapers.
- Google Scholar
- Peer Review in 5 Minutes- excellent five minute video on what constitutes a peer reviewed article.
- Quick Tutorial on Reading Scientific Papers from Purdue University Libraries
- Anatomy of a Scholarly Article from NC State University Libraries
Finding Full-Text Articles
What to do if the article you want isn't full-text in the database where you found it:
- Look in the Houff Library Periodical Holdings listing to see if the library subscribes to the magazine or journal that carries your article.
Not there? Then copy and paste the JOURNAL name in the following links. This will tell you if it's full-text in one of our 200+ databases:
VCCS Online Journal Search
- Try these sources: JSTOR, Wiley Online Library, Oxford University Press, and American Chemical Society.
- Try DOAJ: Directory of Open Access Journals. This has full-text to 91,000+ articles.
- If you still cannot find the full-text, then copy the ARTICLE title and and paste it into Google to see if it is on the author's home page or in an online journal.
- Type the article title into Google Scholar.
- Type the journal title into Google and see if the journal is free online.
- If that fails, then use the BRCC Library's free Interlibrary Loan service.