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Core RW 1299

This guide accompanies the library session in the Research-based Writing 1299 course.

Finding articles on a research topic

Accessing databases at Lavery Library

Find articles for your research by using library databases and the key terms from the concept map.

Use the 'Find Databases' button on the library's homepage [shown above] to access the A-Z list of databases.

Lavery Library's Database List

screenshot of top of A-Z Databases page reads Find the best library databases for your research, with an arrow pointing to All Subjects dropdown menu

Use the drop-down menu options to filter the databases to specific subjects or, if you know the specific database name, click a letter along the horizontal list to jump to that section of database names [shown above].

Recommended Databases for Any Subject

The following databases cover all disciplines and can be good starters when researching for articles:

  • Academic Search Premier
  • JStor
  • ProQuest Research Library
  • SAGE Journals

Note: The databases listed above, and many more, can be accessed through Lavery Library's A to Z list of databases:


Wondering which databases might work well for your research topic? -- Ask a librarian! We are here to help; use the link below to see how to contact your Lavery Librarians.

Searching in a database using your research topic's key concepts

From Concept Map to Database Search

image clipped from concept map showing two columns of three boxes and each column is linked with an arrow pointing from column 1 to column 2 next to image of three database search boxes; an arrow from each of the second column of 3 search boxes points to a corresponding search box

Select a keyword from each row in your concept map [shown above on the left]; enter each into a search box in the database you've selected [shown above on the right].

Perform more than one search in each database, changing keyword combinations as needed.