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WRT 102 - Downtown (Katherine Davis): Exploring Topics in a Database

Databases for Topic Exploration

MegaSearch

  • This is the Library's "Google," with 400 million items
  • Tips
    • Open it.
    • Click Advanced Search (under the search box)
    • Enter your main topic, and Search.
    • Explore slices of your topic. Enter a focus topic in the next search box. Search
    • Explore facets (left column), such as different Formats
    • Email an article to yourself (right column) and get an MLA citation

Gale Academic OneFile: Topic Finder

  • This database has a visual Topic Finder. It shows clickable subtopics in your search results.
    • Open the direct link (above)
    • Enter your topic (under Topic Finder):  stress
    • Scroll to see the visual.
      • Click a subtopic:                       mental health
      • Then browse the articles (right).
      • Or click the visual again for a narrower slice
    • Email an article to yourself. Click Send (top), then Email.
    • Get a citation: Click Cite (top), the copy the MLA 9th ed. citation.

Gale eBooks

  • This is the Library's "Wikipedia." 
  • Get an overview of a topic. Or explore possible topics to write about.
    • Open it.
    • Enter a topic: hallucinations
    • Select an article. You may have several encyclopedias to choose from, each with a different angle:
      • Encyclopedia of Psychology and Law
      • Gale Encyclopedia of Medicine
      • Greenhaven Encyclopedia of Paranormal Psychology
      • etc.
    • Email an article to yourself. Click Send (top), then Email.
    • Get a citation: Click Cite (top), the copy the MLA 9th ed. citation.

 

How to I see what databases the library has?

The A-Z Databases list

  • An alphabetical list of all our 153 databases
  • Databases by Subject (pulldown menu)
  • Search for a database by its name

 

In the future, how can I find the A-Z List?

It is on the Library home page