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Basics of Social Research: Research Databases for articles

A companion guide for students taking Basics of Social Research at Bluffton University

What are Research Databases?

A research database is a searchable collection of many types of sources. A database might include journal, magazine, or newspaper articles, book chapters, book reviews, reports, and other types of published information. These collections might be topic-specific and narrowly-focused, or they may be very broad and comprehensive in the subject matter they include. There is a certain expectation of quality, respectability and accuracy that goes with being included in the research databases that we provide to you at the library's website.

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Search the five databases for your assignment:


Use this search box to search PsycINFO, Social Science Citation Index, Social Work Abstracts, SocINDEX, and Psychology and Behavioral Sciences Collection together...

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Databases for SOC/SWK 360 Library assignment

Checklist of characteristics of a Scholarly Journal

  • Article length: Longer-in depth
  • Author = expert in the field = name and credentials provided
  • Language = language or jargon of the field for scholarly readers
  • Structure = more structured: notice abstract, literature review, methodology, results, conclusion
  • Illustrations = support the text, as with statistical tables, graphs
  • Editors = peer-reviewed, refereed by a board of experts
  • Credits = bibliography/works cited/footnotes to document the research

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