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Murphy Library Research & Information Seeking Tools: Finding Articles

What are research databases?

Murphy Library subscribes to over 300 databases that you can use to find research articles, newspaper sources, book reviews, and other materials to aid your research. In the simplest terms, you can think about a database as a place that stores information organized around a particular topic or subject matter. For example, if you need research articles about climate change you might use our Gale in Context: Environmental Studies database. 

On this page, you will find information about how to find a database related to your subject area and how to perform an article search in a database as well as other resources that the librarians here at Murphy think will be helpful to you.

Scholarly vs. Popular Sources

Locating a Subject Database

Keyword Searching & Narrowing Your Search

How to Perform a Keyword Search

To begin searching in the library's databases, you should build a keyword search. The video below explains how keyword searching works and how to revise your search if you aren't finding the results you need. You can use keyword searching in library databases, the library catalog, Google and any other information seeking tool.

Multidisciplinary Databases

These databases may also include related articles.

Popular Databases at Murphy Library

These databases are great starting points for your research.  For excellent subject-specific resources, please browse our Library Guides.  

Pro/Con Databases