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How to Choose a Database for Your Research

 Help! I need to find articles on my topic ASAP to complete my assignment.

 Excellent. You're in the right place. Here are three tips:

Review the Research Subject Guide for your area of study.

  • How will this help me? It’ll point you to tools recommended by our librarians.
  • Where can I find these? Look for the Research Subject Guides on the library's web site.
  • Got it! Now what? Scroll down to the subject you want, such as Psychology. Look for a box labeled Key Resources or a tab at the top labeled Articles.

 Call us or stop by the Research Assistance Desk.

  • How will this help me? Our librarians are knowledgeable and eager to help you. The Research Assistance Desk is staffed seven days a week. Visit us next to the first floor Help and Information Desk in Snell Library.

Research Assistance Desk Hours


9:00am - 9:00pm


9:00am - 6:00pm


12:00pm - 5:00pm


12:00pm - 8:00pm

  • What if I can't get there during those hours? See the full list of Ask-a-Librarian services. You can call, email, or text us, or use the 24-hour chat reference service.

Find Your Subject Librarian.

  • How will this help me? The subject librarian can tell you about techniques and sources that will save you time. Make an appointment today to discuss your question or assignment. Even quicker: send an email. With a few tailored suggestions, a subject librarian can help you construct a smarter search. 
  • Okay. Where do I find my subject librarian? See the subject guide list, choose your area of interest, and look for contact information under the librarian's photo.
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