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Online Class Library Research Guide: Finding

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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

Google Scholar provides a simple way to broadly search for scholarly literature across many disciplines.

Google Scholar Search

Databases to Search First

MU Libraries have over 650 databases in all subject areas. 

Start here: On the Library Gateway page, use the links under "LOOKING FOR" to locate Databases & Articles.

  • Discover@MU Restricted to faculty, students, and staff at The University of Missouri is a simple search engine that searches articles, books, videos, etc.
    Search Discover @ MU for articles, books, and more!
  • Subject Databases: For scholary, subject specialized journal articles, use databases geared toward different disciplines.
       Examples of subject specific databases:

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  FindIt@MU to find full-text.  Check out our FindIt@MU guide for detailed instructions.

Already Have the Citation?

If you have an article citation, use the Find a Specific Article link to access the full-text of the article.