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Getting Started with Research

Whether this is your first time doing research, you need a quick refresher, or you want to improve your own research practices, this guide is design to assist you.

Locating Articles and Databases

To quickly locate articles and journals that might be useful to your research, you can use the Articles tab above the search box on the library homepage. Alternatively, the A-Z Database List lets you access all the databases that the PLU library subscribes to.

If you are interested in resources for a specific discipline, you can click on the "All Subjects" dropdown to select a discipline and view the recommended databases for that subject.


Database List by Subject


If you aren't sure which discipline you are working in, try searching in one of the popular databases located on the right side of the database list. Academic Search Complete will be useful when looking at social science research, and JSTOR will be useful when doing research in the humanities.