Contact a librarian for research help. You can text, chat, email, telephone or walk in for help with:
- developing keywords or search terms.
- finding articles and books.
- staying organized.
- identifying scholarly articles.
- formatting citations.
Search the library's collections. Find books, articles and more. Also consult subject specific databases and web resources for more targeted searching.
Library Databases for Background Research
Along with Wikipedia, you may find the following databases helpful for gathering background information about your topic.
Opposing Viewpoints Resource Center
Opposing Viewpoints Resource Center pulls together background information and pro & con viewpoints about current social issues. The database includes: Nearly 7,000 viewpoint articles, 41 complete titles from the Information Plus reference program, more than 275 primary documents, 300 biographies of social activists and reformers,nearly 5,000 statistical tables, charts and graphs Nearly 4,600 topic overviews that provide context for the issues, more than 775 court-case overviews, 334 profiles of federal agencies and special interest groups, 2,000 links to reviewed and subject-indexed Web sites, more than 1,300 images, all hand-selected to support the topics covered, more than 135 full-text periodicals and newspapers, podcasts from the Weekly Presidential Radio Address.
Coverage Dates: 1981 -
Academic Search Premier
Academic Search Premier provides full text for nearly 4,600 scholarly publications, including full text for more than 3,500 peer-reviewed journals. Coverage spans virtually every area of academic study and offers information dating as far back as 1975. This database is updated daily on EBSCOhost.
Full-text and abstract/index: 1975-present
Concurrent Users: unlimited
Coverage Dates: 1975 - present