How Can I Find Good Sources? - Using Academic Databases and
popular search engines, such as Yahoo!, Dogpile, and Google, yield
many "hits," research seems to be very easy, perhaps too easy.
For these search engines are not the only ones scholars and students
can use; they, in fact, do not reach a large part of the World
Wide Web, and the Web is not the only place to seek useful sources.
When we sometimes complain that we can't find anything during
research, what we actually are stating is that we have not looked
in the right places yet!
The UH Libraries' web site includes some excellent databases
for student researchers and professional scholars. One of the
easiest to use is Academic Search Elite, which is listed under
EBSCOhost. It includes scholarly as well as scholarly sources;
many of which are full-text articles, meaning the entire article
is available online immediately. As tempting as that may sound,
don't make the mistake of limiting your research to only full-text
articles because you will miss many other sources, such as books
and articles that can be found easily, either in the library or
through Interlibrary Loan. EBSCOhost and other research services
include databases that are specifically designed for particular
disciplines, such as fine art, business, economics, education,
engineering, chemistry, health, literature, mathematics, and psychology.
If Yahoo!, Dogpile, and Google yield few "hits," one of the
following academic search engines, which are maintained by librarians
and scholars, should help you find valuable research sources:
For more advice on searching the Web, go to Part 7 of the University
of Hartford Libraries' Information Skills Tutorial. To learn how
to locate, books, articles, and
other sources, go to Parts 2-6.