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Selecting an Appropriate Research Database

The TCNJ Library has about 100 research databases. How do you choose which is the best for you?

The best approach is to think about your topic and decide which broad subject or academic discipline the topic belongs in. (Many topics fit into a few subjects or disciplines!)

From the library homepage, use the "Choose a Subject" dropdown menu to choose a subject area:


After you choose a subject area, you will find that there are some Recommended Databases and some Related Databases, shown further down the page:




    Read the descriptions of the research databases to determine which research database will cover your topic, but also be prepared to try more than one.

    When you click on the link for a particular research database, you will see a screen like the one below, giving you information about a database's contents and how to access it:


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