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How Do I: Choose a Database

How to get started using The Evergreen State College Library.

Choosing a Database (video)

Choosing a Database (text)

Start at the Library homepage:

Select Research Databases from the options under the main search bar. 

  • You will see a full list of databases available through the library, organized alphabetically. 
  • Using the drop-down menus at the top of the page, you can sort through the list by subject, by content (to find different kinds of resources, such as images or newspapers), or by provider (to find collections organized by vendor, such as EBSCO, Gale, or ProQuest). 

Let's say you're researching a topic in the field of psychology. Use the first drop-down menu to filter by subject > Psychology. Start by checking out the databases under Best Bets, and then browse the other databases for other potentially relevant content.  

If you’d prefer to search across most of the library’s database collections in one platform, check out our video on Using the Library Catalog.  

If you're not sure which database or search engine to use for your research topic -- email, chat, or visit us in-person at the Research Desk to consult with library staff. 

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