What about using Google Scholar?
Google Scholar is a great resource because it is simple to use and probably very familiar to you. You have the ability to search and retrieve articles, theses, books, abstracts and court opinions, from academic publishers, professional societies, online repositories, universities and other web sites.
The best part is you can link Sherrod Library to Google Scholar so that when searching, if you find an article, you can quickly find it in one of our databases!
Below are tutorial videos to help you do that.
Multidisciplinary databases are not subject-specific and are a great place to get started. Two places to begin your research are EBSCO Databases and ProQuest Central. These two companies host a lot of different databases so they can be helpful when you aren't sure of a specific subject or topic.
Searching on the Internet can bring back hundreds of thousands of "hits" that may or may not be related to your search. In addition, the majority of search results are often unreliable; meaning, they are not authored by credible sources, peer reviewed, or backed by research. With databases, you are able to search specific subjects which will provide you with a manageable amount of "hits." Databases deal only with information that has been published and the majority of the articles are peer-reviewed. In addition, results from Internet searches may ask you to pay to retrieve that information. Databases from the library are free and provide access to full-text articles.