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ENG1100 College Writing: Finding Articles Using Library Databases

English, introductory research, citing sources

Locating Background Information

Credo Reference

The Credo Reference database is a portal to over 780 full-text reference titles from over 80 major publishers. 

Points of View Reference Center  

Full-text database designed to provide multiple sides of a variety of current issues

Locating News Articles


ProQuest Newsstand offers full-text news from over 1,280 sources, including domestic and foreign newspapers, wire services, magazines, trade publications, and blogs. Over 50 of the highest-circulation newspapers in the United States are included in the database, including such key titles as the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times.

Locating Articles

You can access databases from the Library homepage by clicking on Databases. Since there are more than 130, we have made it easier and selected a few useful ones for this class. 

ProQuest Central is a large multidisciplinary database indexing over 14,000 publications, the majority of them available in full text. 

Academic Search Complete includes more than 8500 periodicals (newspapers, magazines and journals) in all subject areas. Most articles are available full-text online.

PsycArticles The database currently contains over 160,000 articles from many of the most important journals in psychology, including 34 journals published.

Books and Media

If you just want to find out what books and media are available at Cheng Library, select Books & Media from the Library homepage. Simply enter one or more of your keywords and press the search button to begin. 

Narrow your results using the limits on the right side of the results page.

When you've found a book that looks interesting, click the title to learn more about it, or (if it's Available), write down the location and call number and head to the shelves OR click on the link if it is an e-book. 

Search Tip: Keywords

It is usually a good idea to start out broadly, so using just one or two of your topic terms is a good way to begin. Once you have a set of results, you can begin narrowing down your results by entering one or more terms. Searching in a specific field such as "Subject" or "Title" will narrow or focus your results. 

Search Tip: Thesaurus or Subject

Sometimes keywords that worked well in one database won’t be as effective in another.  If you find that your results are a bit scattered, try using that database’s terminology:  the Thesaurus or Subject Terms link.  Many databases have a list of designated words that are used to summarize a topic, but they may not be obvious to you.