How to Choose a Database

Your library and OhioLINK provide access to many databases, both general sources covering a wide range of topics, and sources focused on a single subject or academic discipline or format. There are several ways to begin:

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are just beginning or in a hurry Academic Search Complete (click here if you are off-campus) Finds articles and books from several all-purpose databases; quick and convenient.
know your subject and want to choose a specialized database OhioLINK Databases By Subject Choose the subject category that best suits your topic.
know a specific database by its title OhioLINK Databases By Name  
are looking for a specific type of resource, such as a book, journal article, picture, etc. OhioLINK Databases By Type  

Check with the reference librarians at your library. They have information about the services of your own library and further recommendations on appropriate sources (electronic or print) to meet your information needs.

January 2013