Before you open one of the below databases, please check out how to search in databases within the "Research Basics" tab. If you take the time to decide on a topic, create keywords, and use the database searching tools that will make the most sense for your assignment, you will find sources for your paper much more efficiently.
Looking for something in particular?:
At the very least, before entering a database, you should have brainstormed the keywords that you would like to search in the database. Searching a thesis statement exactly as it appears will not yield results in the same way as it would if you were searching within Google.
How do you know if a title is an academic source or a popular source? What is peer review? What about the sources I find through Google?
An academic/scholarly resource:
A popular resource:
A web source:
Don't get stuck only using Academic Search Complete during your time here at Bridgewater. If you're having trouble finding articles about your topic, it's often because you're using the wrong database.
Try searching using different databases that make more sense for your major. To do this, visit our A–Z Databases page and use the subject dropdown to select your subject. If you're having trouble determining what database to use, reach out to me! I'm here to help! Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or set up a research consultation with me.