(e.g. Google Scholar)
(e.g. APA PsycInfo)
|Algorithms||Experts organize content|
|Keywords - consider all synonyms||Searchable indexed citations|
|Predatory journals||Experts collect quality subject-specific or interdisciplinary journals|
|Includes non-peer-reviewed||Limits easy to apply|
If you decide to use the library rather than a search engine like Google Scholar, start on the library homepage.
Then, see the box below. **NOTE - it has multiple tabs within the box! Be sure to check out:
If you live in or near Illinois, you can borrow books through I-Share. Over 85 academic libraries are part of a consortium which exchanges physical books with each other, including some of the larger state schools, such as University of Illinois. Please go to to the guide below to set up an account and learn how to borrow books through I-Share.
Have you used Academic Search Complete before? It's great if your topic is multi-disciplinary. However, since it covers everythign from geography to math to social sciences, it can actually be too broad and miss some of the specialized articles for your topic.
ERIC is deals with education so it's helpful for any topic dealing with children, the education system, and/or trainings.
Some of our databases are of videos, not articles. These databases can be great if you want to add a short clip into a class presentation, for example.
For any topics related to gender issues: anyone along the gender continuum; heternormativity; how genders relate.
Many of your topics will overlap with sociology, so check out SocINDEX: