Secrets of My Research Success:
Database Selection

Run time: 1:26 | Requires Flash Player. | Transcript

(object placeholder)

Transcript


Quentin:

Okay, so I have my search statement how do I know which databases to use?

Mike:

That is an excellent question! To search the UMUC databases you'll go to the library homepage. On the page is a link to Search by Subject where you will find guides on various subjects. Each guide includes relevant databases, Web sites, and print and e-books. Click on this to locate the various subject guides. Remember that the databases you choose depend not only on what your topic is, but also on what perspective you are writing from and what kinds of materials you are trying to find. You could examine this question from a business perspective, for example the possible impact on profits, or a psychological perspective, for example, the individual effect on employees, etc. Then, you will locate databases that include resources on whichever particular topic you choose.

Quentin:

Well, the subject guides sound great. Glancing through them I think that the subject guide that I would start out searching in is "Business and Marketing".

Mike:

That's a great place to start searching for articles on your topic!

Quentin:

Okay, so I've gone into the Business and Marketing subject guide, and I see the databases listed, with some short descriptions, but now what?