UCSB Library pays for access to hundreds of research databases. A database is a curated, searchable collection of citations for articles, books, and other media.
Databases are useful for academic research because:
Library databases often require different search techniques than the open web (for example Google). See the "Search Tips" tab to learn more.
Think of library databases as a toolkit. Some tools are multi-use, and others tools are for a specific job.
Multi-subject (or interdisciplinary) databases cover many subject areas, while subject-specific databases focus on a particular field of study.
Not sure which kind you need? Try an interdisciplinary database like one of the ones listed below first. Or, visit a Research Guide for subject-specific recommendations.
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Our suggestions in the "Databases to Get You Started" box are interdisciplinary databases that cover a variety of subjects. These are often a good place to start. If you need articles for a specific subject area, please refer to the Research Guides for recommendations.
Primary source materials are different depending on the field of study. Research Guides can point you to available primary resources.
If you need any help, ask your librarian!