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Subject Guide: General

Selected Databases

Research Library (Proquest): Search the full collection of journals, magazines and newspapers for information on a broad range of general subjects. (Includes APS Online and Historical New York Times.)

Academic Search Complete - (EBSCO): It is a multi-disciplinary full text database containing full-text for nearly 5,300 journals, including more than 4,400 peer-reviewed titles. In addition to the full text, this database offers indexing and abstracts for all 9,300 journals in the collection.

Academic Universe - (Lexis-Nexis): LexisNexis Academic Universe provides access to full-text news, business, and legal publications, using a variety of flexible search options. Over 40 different databases are available by cagegory: News (U.S. and international papers, newswires, news magazines, media transcripts, blogs, some updated hourly), General (as News, plus business, industry, and healthcare publications), Legal (federal, state, Canadian, and EU statutes and court cases, law reviews, patents), Business (company dossiers, profiles, and financial reports), and People (who’s whos and obituaries).

Hispanic American Periodicals Index - (HAPI) - Spanish language content: The Hispanic American Periodicals Index (HAPI) is your source for over 265,000 journal article citations about Central America, South America, the Caribbean, Mexico, Brazil, and Hispanics/Latinos in the United States. HAPI currently provides over 34,000 links to the full text of articles appearing in more than 500 key social science and humanities journals published throughout the world.

CQ Researcher : The CQ Researcher report explores a single hot issue in the news in depth each week. Topics covered includehealth, social trends, criminal justice, international affairs, education, the environment, technology, and the economy. There are 44 reports produced each year including four expanded reports.

More Resources

American Periodicals Series (Proquest): American Periodicals This database contains periodicals published between 1740 and 1940, including special interest and general magazines, literary and professional journals, children's and women's magazines and many other historically-significant periodicals.

ArticleFirst - (OCLC): The ArticleFirst database contains bibliographic citations from more than 16,000 journals in science, technology, medicine, social science, business, the humanities, and popular culture. Each record describes an article, news story, letter, or other item.

ClasePeriodica - (OCLC): Index of Latin American journals in the sciences and humanities.CLASE indexes documents published in Latin American journals specializing in the social sciences and humanities.PERIODICA covers journals specializing in science and technology.

CQ Weekly: CQ Weekly is a congressional quarterly's magazine on government, commverce and policitcs. It includes legislative news and analysis on all aspects of the United States Congress

Directory of Open Access Journals - (DOAJ): This service covers free, full text, quality controlled scientific and scholarly journals.

FDsys (Federal Digital System): FDSys stands for Federal Digital System, which is a searchable database providing comprehensive and full text online access to a wide range of official federal government publications. It replaces the now-defunct GPO Access.

Latin American NewsStand(Proquest) - Spanish language content: A ProQuest database that offers a selection of full-text Latin-American newspapers and newswires covering international and Latin-American regional topics.

MasterFILE Premier - (EBSCO): Provides full text for more than 1,730 general periodicals, including general reference, business, education, health, general science, multi-cultural issues and much more. In addition to the full text, this database provides indexing and abstracts for mor

National Newspapers - (Proquest): Coverage of 5 major newspapers, including The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times and the Christian Science Monitor. Note: the Los Angeles Times must be added to this bundle separately per publisher agreement using the associated checkbox below.

SpringerLink Journals: Full-text of over 1,900 journals and over 20,000 books published by Springer Business and Science Media.

TOPICsearch - (EBSCO): TOPICsearch is a current events database of full-text articles and documents, which includes menus of popular topics for classroom discussions, debates, and student papers.

WorldCat - (OCLC): The OCLC catalog of books and other materials held in libraries worldwide.

Selected Internet Resources

There are more than a dozen major web search engines, and most of them have outlines of general, popular, and current topic sites as well as keyword searching capability. Click here for a guide to all the major web search engines.

Internet Public Library - Established by the University of Michigan School of Information as a premier and model site for the provision of library services featuring online sources to the Internet community. The Reference Center features links to reference and subject pages in arts and humanities, business and economics, computers and the Internet, education, entertainment and leisure, health and medical sciences, law government and political science, sciences and technology, social sciences, and associations; a list of original IPL reference sources such as an online literary criticism collection, a comprehensive site on American presidents, and a page with "hello"translated into thirty languages plus links to language and culture pages; and an email reference service. There are also changing and permanent exhibits, primarily of photographs (two current exhibits are on lighthouses and on Harlem from 1900-1940), over 3,000 electronic magazines and journals, hundreds of online newspapers from all over the world, and over 17,000 electronic books.

CNN Online - A premiere online source for current and recent news stories. ItÍs a very popular site, so expect long load times at peak hours.

NPR Online - Another extensive and highly-respected source for current and recent news stories. It includes more feature and human-interest stories than CNN, and is also somewhat less busy.

AlertNet - Another site for news stories, which concentrates somewhat on disaster stories and disaster relief. Because it's Reuters, there is more emphasis on world news than U.S. news.

Newspaper Association of America NAA is a nonprofit organization representing nearly 2,000 newspapers and their multiplatform businesses in the United States and Canada. NAA members include daily newspapers, as well as non-dailies, other print publications and online products. More web sites with links to newspaper homepages can be found on the How do I Find a Newspaper Article page.

Print Resources

The Library of Congress classification for general topics is A. General English-language encyclopedias, for example, are under AE 5. Killam Library has recent editions of Academic American Encyclopedia, Encyclopedia Americana, and Encyclopaedia Britannica under AE 5 in the Reference Collection on the first floor

Another way to get started in finding a popular or current topic to research would be to browse the newspapers and magazines in the Periodicals Room on the first floor of the library.


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