The research databases below include encyclopedias for overviews and dictionaries for definitions, and can be used to get overviews of topics. Encyclopedic sources are good starting points for topics about which you know very little. Their articles provide a "big picture" of the topic, including key issues, questions, people, etc. With that knowledge, you can move on to narrow your topic and to better understand how narrow topics covered by journal articles fit into the big picture.
The research database described here is designed to find items in libraries such as: books, edited volumes with chapters by various authors, handbooks, encyclopedias, dictionaries, videos, etc.
Use the research databases below to locate articles published in magazines and journals. Articles in research databases for undergraduates typically range from popular magazine articles to very scholarly journal articles in order to address undergraduates' differing assignments. Each database below covers all subjects in a single database.
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