Two Types of Article Databases
Which article database to use depends upon your topic.

1. General Article Databases

  •  Is your topic general or cross-disciplinary?
  •  Currently in the news?

If so, start with one of the general article databases. These cover a wide range of subjects and often index a mixture of popular and scholarly sources. This is often a good place to begin research. Examples of general databases and the kinds of articles they identify are:

Many EbscoHost databases index articles from magazines and journals on a range of topics from 1987 to the present. Most are full text.
Some Proquest databases index full text articles from over 500 U.S. newspapers, from 1991 to present.
Academic OneFile (InfoTrac) is a one-stop source for news and periodical articles on a wide range of topics. InfoTrac has millions of full-text articles, many with images.
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