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ENGL 102 - Davenport: Article Databases

About Scholarly Articles

In general, information that has been been created, selected, or reviewed by experts is more reliable, helpful, and accurate.  These "experts" are often referred to as "scholars" and thus the articles and books they produce are referred to as scholarly sources.  Libraries purchase electronic databases such as EbscoHost and ProQuest which contain these articles.  This is often how you, the student, obtain access to this scholarly information (at least in electronic format).

Scholarly articles are not typically free and accessible from Google searches.

General Databases

These databases will cover a wide range of topics and will yield articles on most any subject.

Note:  If you locate an article that you want but only see the abstract,

  1. check the periodicals holdings list  and if we do not have the journal,
  2. you can order it from interlibrary loan at no charge using our online ILL form.

Content-Specific Databases

These databases are more specialized and will only be pertinent if your topic is related to the subject covered.