Databases are your gateway to articles published in various periodicals, such as academic journals, magazines, and newspapers.
Because journals are often published multiple times per year, they contain very recent research and are particularly useful when researching trending topics, or topics that change frequently.
To access all databases, click the Find Resources link in the top banner, and then scroll down to and select Databases & Web Resources. If you know the title of the database you're looking for, you can scroll down the list or click a letter to jump to all databases beginning with that letter.
If you don't know the database you're looking for, you can search through database titles and descriptions using the search box on the right, or use the Subjects dropdown box to see only those databases most closely related to your area of study.
When performing a keyword search, you'll be looking for a match of a specific word (or set of words) that appear somewhere in the item record (e.g. title, subject fields, abstract, table of contents). The keywords you choose directly influence the results you get back. Your terms can be connected using AND, OR, or NOT. Librarians call these Boolean operators.
Finds articles where both keywords are present.
Example: vikings AND britain
Finds articles where either keyword is present.
Example: england OR britain
Excludes a keyword from the results list.
Example: britain NOT scotland
Note: For a more information on Boolean operators, see our Search Strategies - Best Practices page.
One of the limitations to keyword searching is that it requires an exact match of the word(s) you're searching. To get around this, think of synonyms, related terminology, and/or variants of your search term and link all of those together with the Boolean OR.
If you're researching, for example, the role women played in the French Resistance during Nazi occupation, then a possible search statement could look like the example below (note the use of parentheses to group the terms connected by OR):
(women OR woman OR female OR gender) AND (france OR french) AND resistance AND (world war II OR world war 2 OR world war, 1939-1945 OR vichy)
Most databases allows you to limit your search results using a variety of criteria. We call these tools limiters. Common limiters include Full Text, Peer Reviewed, Publication Date, Publication Type, and Language. Please note that available limiters varies depending on the database.
The language limiter is a quick way to eliminate articles written in languages that you can't read.
Examples: Time, People, New Yorker, Rolling StoneTrade Magazines
Examples: American Cinematographer, PC World, Psychology TodayAcademic Journals
Examples: American Antiquity, The American Historical Review, New England Journal of Medicine, Nature
Already know the title of a specific journal and want to see if it is available at Daemen (either in print or electronically through a database)? Use the Journal Titles tab within the search box on the library homepage. You can search by keyword, title, or ISSN.