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Spring 24- Rubi Medina-1301Socio : Databases & Articles

Databases, Articles, Journals, Oh My!

Databases are like digital filing cabinets for storing and organizing information.  Check out the library's databases so you can access academic journals (think of a specialized magazine for scholars and researchers) and high quality academic articles. These are the types of sources your college instructors (and maybe future employers!) will expect you to use.  

Not sure where to start?

Here are some ACC Library databases that may be helpful to your ENGL 1301 assignment.  Remember, you may be prompted to log in with your ACC eID after clicking on the links. To see the complete list of ACC Library Databases, click here


SocINDEX with Full Text
Full-text, peer-reviewed sociology journals covering gender studies, criminal justice, social psychology, racial studies, religion and social work. It also includes thousands of author profiles and a sociological thesaurus.

Statista consolidates statistical data on over 80,000 topics from more than 22,500 sources in business and government.

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.

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

The Washington Post
Articles from 1987 to present

The Wall Street Journal 
All ACC faculty, students and staff have unlimited access to, WSJ apps, podcasts, curated newsletters and more.  You must first register using your ACC email at  More information can be found at The Wall Street Journal: Membership Program

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.)


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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