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CM 120: Building the Human Environment

Search Databases to Find Sources

  1. Choose a few databases to search from the links & descriptions provided below.
  2. To search, enter keywords that represent the main concepts of your topic
  3. To get to the full text of an article, look for a PDF symbol or the FullText@NAU icon
  4. Need help? Email bridget.wipf@nau.edu

What is a Library Database?

Library databases are online collections of resources and can include a variety of formats as well as levels of quality. There are general databases such as the Quick Search and discipline specific databases such as IEE Xplore.

General databases cover most subjects and index a variety of publications including scholarly (or peer-reviewed) journals, newspapers, and magazines. Subject specific databases specialize in a subject area and tend to include scholarly journals and books. 

You may need to find specific types of sources, such as patents, standards, or conference proceedings. Certain databases focus on the type of resource, as well as they discipline. 

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