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Spring '24 - EDUC 1300 - Ross-Chong - by Kara Dixon: Databases & Articles


Databases & Articles

Not sure where to start?

Here are some ACC Library databases that may be helpful to your class assignments.  Remember, you may be prompted to log in with your ACC eID after clicking on the links. To see the complete A-Z list of ACC Library Databases, click here

Magazines, Newspaper, Journal Article Databases- These databases contain periodicals which publish information in a series, or periodically (hence the name).  Daily newspapers, monthly magazines and journals are all periodicals and the articles inside them are periodical articles.  Check out the following databases to start researching your specific topic. 

Academic Search Complete 
Scholarly articles, news, and research on topics in most subject areas.

Academic OneFile (Gale)
Provides millions of articles from over 17,000 scholarly journals and other authoritative sources, including thousands of podcasts as well as videos.

Contains more than a thousand academic journals and over one million images, letters and other primary sources.

Gale in Context: Opposing Viewpoints
Articles with pro and con viewpoints from reference works, magazines, academic journals, newspapers, primary source documents, and government and organizational statistics.  

The New York Times
All ACC faculty, students, and staff have full access to The New York Times website. You must first register using your ACC email at Access NYTimes. More information can be found at The New York Times: Academic Pass guide.

Reference Article Databases - A good place to start when you are getting familiar with your topic.  Encyclopedias are excellent for giving you foundational information.

Gale eBooks  
Online collection of general and subject-specific encyclopedias on all major topic areas.

Credo Reference
Online collection of general and subject-specific reference works on all major topic areas.

Funk & Wagnalls New World Encyclopedia
Includes over 25,000 articles covering an array of topics.

Finding Articles Tutorial

Try out searching in some of the library databases with the Finding Articles Tutorial.

The Layered Web

To think about the Layered Web, consider the image of the ocean from surface level to sea floor.  Surface level objects (boats and fish) represent  search engines like Google and Bing and other easily retried websites like wikipedia, Amazon, Blogs, News).  Below the fish are the whales which represent databases and academic journals.  Below that is a giant squid and submarine representing the Tor network or the dark web which includes political dissidents, illegal porn, drugs, stolen credit card information, etc.)

What is a database?

Databases are like digital filing cabinets for storing and organizing large amounts of information.  Check out ACC Library's A-Z List of Databases to access academic journals (specialized magazines for scholars and researchers), high quality academic articles and other types of resources.  These are the types of sources your college instructors (and maybe employers) will expect you to use.


Some databases you may already use: Amazon, Netflix, Spotify, Gmail.  Elements of ACC Library databases: Scholarly sources, 144 databases, organized alphabetically or by subject, build in tools.

What are Databases and Why You Need Them

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