Expanded Academic Index (1980-Present) What Is It? Multi-disciplinary index to scholarly academic and general interest periodicals.
Why Use It? Search for articles on a wide variety of subjects. Get a sense of how much has been written on your topic. Gather background information. Good place to start most research projects.
Google Scholar (Coverage Varies) What Is It? Multi-disciplinary index to peer-reviewed papers, theses, books, abstracts, and other scholarly literature. Includes the full-text of publications freely available on the web and citations for materials published by commercial publishers. Includes links to the library's electronic journal collections and FRANCIS. Stronger coverage in the sciences. Results are ranked by Google's determination of relevance.
Why Use It? Get an overview of a topic. Use Google's simple interface and natural language searching to access content in our subscription databases. Find recent or unpublished work that hasn't been indexed in other databases.
ProQuest (Coverage varies) What Is It? A multidisciplinary search of academic and general interest publications. Topics covered include the arts, current and historical news, science, health and technology, and social science.
Why Use It? A good starting point for research projects. Use to assess existing scholarship or to gather background information on your topic.
Web of Science (1900-Present) What Is It? Multi-disciplinary index to academic and general interest journals. Includes Science Citation Index Expanded (1900-present), Social Sciences Citation Index (1956-present) and Arts & Humanities Citation Index (1975-present ).
Why Use It? Search for articles on a wide variety of subjects. Get a sense of how much has been written on your topic. Gather background information. Good place to start most research projects. Indexes more scholarly journals than the Expanded Academic Index. Find who cited a particular paper. Search Tutorial