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Research Basics at Lavery Library

Get started with searching library resources at Lavery Library at St. John Fisher University

Select a Database

You can bring these skills together by searching a library database to find articles for your research. You have two options:

  • You can use a general research database, which will help you find and read articles that have been published in journals in a variety of subjects.
  • Or, you can use a subject-specific database. The library has specialized databases for many subjects, such as psychology, English literature, science, education, sport management, and many more. 

Recommended Databases for Any Subject

The librarians recommend these general research databases for most research topics. They are a good place to start because they cover all disciplines:

You can go to Lavery Library's A to Z list of databases to find the best databases for your research project.

Wondering which database to choose? Ask your instructor. Or you can ask a librarian! We are here to help.

Use a Subject-Specific Database

You can see a list of databases for each subject. 

  1. Visit the library homepage [link opens in new tab].
  2. Select Find Databases.
    library home page with an arrow pointing to Find Databases link
  3. You will see a list of Lavery Library's database subscriptions. To select the best database for your topic, you can either search by database keyword (eg. education), or select Subjects to view a list of databases that are a good fit for that subject.