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IDST 150 Honors Rebekah Taveau

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Where to look for information depends on what type of source best suits your need.

  • Is the topic unfamiliar to you, are you unsure where to start? Get an overview - and learn what keywords to search - by looking in an encyclopedia.
  • Do you want to see if there's a lot available on your topic? Use Super Search to pull up newspapers, magazine or scholarly articles, books or ebooks all at once. 
  • Are you looking for a topic that is complex, or has a lot of different aspects? Look for encyclopedias, books, and eBooks using the library catalog, specialized encyclopedias, and/or online eBooks.
  • To find events, statements by important people, announcements about policies or studies - look in newspapers or video documentaries
  • To find scholarly research or analysis - look in an academic database.
  • Looking for pro and con arguments? Use the Opposing Viewpoints database, or search for editorials.
  • Looking for data? Try Statista too.

See below for links to these sources. If this feels like too much to choose from, or if you have any questions, Ask a Librarian!

History Databases

General Databases - journals, magazines, and news

Opposing Viewpoints and CQ Researcher

Online eBooks

Films and Documetaries

News Reports


Specialized Encyclopedias


What about Wikipedia? While sometimes controversial, Wikipedia entries can be great places to start - so long as you don't stop there. More information about how to use this source responsibly is under the tab for Wikipedia!?! .

Finding Scientific Research

Finding Scientific Research

Biology Databases

Top Journals for Biology

Top Journals for Biology

Cell  Full-text available for 1974-present (one year embargo for open access).

Molecular Biology of the Cell (MBoC)  Full-text available 1997-2011.  Articles must be a least a year old for full-text access.

Nature  Full-text available 1990-present (one year embargo) in ProQuest Science Journals.

Science  Full-text available in JSTOR 1880-2009.

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) Full-text available in JSTOR 1915-2009.

See also the Public Library Of Science:  Biology for other full-text articles from open-access biology journals.

Math: Cornell University's

Cornell University's mathematics archive includes papers and articles from as far back as February 1992 and on a variety of different types of mathematics. This is an upper division and graduate level archive, but don't be discouraged. It may be worth a look.

zbMath: A Mathematics Database

Free access to the German mathematics database zbMATH is limited to three articles, so choose your search terms wisely.

Zentralblatt MATH describes itself as "the world’s most comprehensive and longest-running abstracting and reviewing service in pure and applied mathematics" and is edited by the European Mathematical Society (EMS), the Heidelberg Academy of Sciences and Humanities and FIZ KarlsruheThe zbMATH database bills itself as containing "about 4 million bibliographic entries with reviews or abstracts currently drawn from about 3,000 journals and book series, and 180,000 books" with coverage starting i"n the 18th century and is complete from 1868 to the present by the integration of the "Jahrbuch über die Fortschritte der Mathematik" database."