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Using Databases


Choosing a Database: General & Subject-Specific

Quickly learn basics of using library databases to find articles.

Choosing a Database

To find articles for a research project, explore our subject-based research guides. From the library homepage, click on Research Guides.

screen shot of research guides link

Select subject relevant to your research project from among the four major academic areas.

BC Libraries Research Guides index page, highlighting categories: Area & Cultural Studies, Sciences, Humanities, and Social Sciences

Using Research Guides

In a research guide, the first database listed under Key Resources is always a good place to start. 

The Communication research guide portal, showing the top entry under "Key Resources," Communication Abstracts/Communication and Mass Media Complete

Multidisciplinary Databases

If you're not sure which subject is appropriate for your topic, start with databases that search across multiple fields, such as one of these: