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Another option is to search individual databases. Databases may be multi-disciplinary, covering many topics, or they may be subject specific, covering only one topic.
When should I search a specific database?
As you move along in your academic career you will become familiar with various databases within your discipline. For example, EBSCO's PsycInfo and PsycArticles are heavily used by students majoring in Psychology. When you are looking for information within a specific field, it is often more effective to search a single database that covers that topic. Librarians can help you with this.
One of the advantages to searching a subject specific database is that there are more ways to refine and limit your search, producing more focused results.
For those new to research, a "best bet" database is Academic Search Complete. This database is very large and covers many topics.
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