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Academic Affairs for Athletics Research Guide: Databases

This research guide features resources and strategies for finding research information for our athletes.

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The library has numerous tutorials to help navigate the databases and learn effective search strategies.

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Database Resources

We understand that learning to find articles for research can be challenging, and we are happy to help!

So what is a database? Consider this analogy: A database is like a file cabinet, and journals are like the file folders inside. Just as a file folder holds papers, journals hold articles. Unlike a file cabinet where you must go first to the folder level to get papers, electronic databases allow you to search directly at the article level. So to find articles, look in databases! Some databases hold articles regarding many subject areas and others are more subject-specific. In general, the more focused your research is, the more important it becomes to use subject-specific databases.

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