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WGS3080: Human Trafficking: Finding Articles

Using Databases to Find Research Articles

When conducting academic research, you should try to find as much information about previous research on your topic, as possible. 

One of the best places to look for articles is on the Library’s Databases tab.  Databases range from general to subject-specific, can be used from off campus, and many offer full-text access to articles.

If your topic covers more than one subject (Social Sciences and Education, etc.) you'll want to search more than one database to get the full picture.

Visit our main Databases page, for a full list of resources available to you!

Scholarly v. Popular

When conducting research, you will usually be asked to find Scholarly Articles, or artices from a Scholarly Journal, rather than popular sources (like magazines and newspapers).

Not sure what the difference is between scholarly and popular?  Check out this short tutorial: Scholarly v. Popular

Women's and Gender Studies Databases

Search All isn't always the best place to go when doing research.  In fact, some our our databases actually offer more control over you searching!  

The following databases are good starting points for your Women's & Gender Studies research.  The contents of each are different (with some overlap) so it's always a good idea to check in multiple databases to ensure that you find all relevant information.

If you topic touches on another subject, such as education, health, or gender studies, be sure to look in those databases as well (see below).

Persistent Links

When searching in Library databases, the link that you see at the top of your browser (the URL) is usually session-based, meaning that it expires once you close your session.

These links cannot be shared and will not work if you try to use them later to go back to articles you've found.


  1. Use the Email link in the database to send a copy of the article to yourself.  This will include a persistent link that won't expire.
  2. Click on the article title in your results list and look for a persistent link (this will vary by database):
    • EBSCO databases:  Look for the Permalink option on the right side of the screen.
    • ProQuest Databases:  Click on Abstract/Details tab, and scroll down to the Document URL.

Keyword Handouts

Choosing the right keywords is an important step to successful research, and this handout is a way to identify possible terminology.

A term might work well in one database, but not at all in another.  As you read, you'll likely find other terms to add to this list, or through tools like the Thesaurus or Subject Terms lists in specific databases.  

This is a 'live' list and should continue to grow as you explore your topic.  You might also keep separate lists for different questions you are asking.