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Humanities - Shuler (Dale Mabry): Databases

Use this guide to help you find sources for your research paper!

Search specific databases

Besides searching the library's catalog, PRIMO, your search should include using smaller, more-specific library databases.

Databases are smaller, more specific collections of articles from journals and other periodicals - and media, such as videos.

Hints provided on these pages - Tips and Books, eBooks - apply to searching databases as well as the library catalog. 

Access all Databases A-Z, filtering by subject. Or, take advantage of the recommendations below:

Selected databases for researching your topics

These databases provide wide coverage of humanities, social sciences, history, etc.

Mostly articles from periodicals, many of them scholarly or peer-reviewed:

What are scholarly, or peer-reviewed, articles?

Many materials you find in college-level research are articles from scholarly journals, often called "peer-reviewed," or "academic." In some instances, your professor will require that you use these types of articles as sources that you cite in your work. The resources below explain the typical appearance, structure, and function of scholarly articles.

Why use library databases?

A Yavapai College student explains the benefits of using library databases for research.