What is a Database?
A database is an online index to magazine and journal articles, book chapters, etc. Databases often provide access to full-text of articles.
Why Use a Database?
You use a database to save yourself time and effort! A database scans thousands of journal and magazine issues to find articles that match your topic, so you don't have to look at individual pages and issues . It shows exactly which issue has the article(s) on your topic.
Google Scholar provides a simple way to broadly search for scholarly literature across many disciplines.
Subject Specific Databases
For scholary, subject specialized journal articles, use databases geared toward different disciplines. For information on documentaries, try the following:
Find Full-Text of an Article
If you don't see a link to the PDF of an article, click on the Find It @MU icon to find full-text. Check out our FindIt@MU guide for detailed instructions.
Databases to Search First
MU Libraries have over 650 databases in all subject areas.
Start here: Find articles using the "Articles & Database" tab (40 EBSCO databases) on the library homepage.
Academic Search Complete is another good place to start for a multi-disciplinary search.
Search & Find (Summon@MU) is a simple search engine that searches articles, books, videos, etc.