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SEARCH FOR BOOKS AND AUDIOVISUALS



Have a research assignment? Follow up your book search by using the Explora link below to search for magazine and journal articles.



BEGIN YOUR DATABASE SEARCH WITH EBSCO'S EXPLORA

Explora includes only a fraction of the magazine and journal articles available in our databases. A good researcher will start here but be willing to continue their search in one or more of the databases listed below.


CONTINUE YOUR SEARCH BY USING ONE OR MORE INDIVIDUAL DATABASES

Use one of the following options to search a complete list of Doerr Library databases including online encyclopedias, magazine and newspaper databases, and scholarly journal databases.

For a list of database logins, send an email to databases@muhs.edu.

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BETWEEN THE SHELVES

Is Wikipedia one of your go-to research tools? That is okay; it is one of mine too. I love encyclopedias. By definition, an encyclopedia provides factual and background information about a myriad of important topics. For this reason, encyclopedias are an excellent starting point for most research projects. Wikipedia is an open-source encyclopedia and, like Britannica, is an example of what librarians call general encyclopedias. These stand in contrast to another type of encyclopedia that librarians call subject-specific encyclopedias. Like general encyclopedias, subject-specific encyclopedias are multi-volume with entries arranged alphabetically. Unlike general encyclopedias, subject-specific encyclopedias focus on a single topic like philosophy or the Crusades. The subject-specific focus of these types of encyclopedias means that the articles, while still focusing on just the facts with minimal bias, can be longer and provide more depth and analysis. The overall authority of the information contained in the encyclopedia is guaranteed by having articles written by subject experts and scholars rather than staff writers. The encyclopedia articles also include a bibliography or list of essential books and articles for further research. So the next time you need to do some academic research, start with one or more of the subject-specific encyclopedias available in the library or linked on the library's webpage. Not only will they provide you with a great knowledge base, but they will lay the foundation for further study in academic journals and information books. Here are a few of my favorite subject-specific encyclopedias:

Countries and Their Cultures (Gale Virtual Reference Library)
Dictionary of the Middle Ages (R 940.1 DIC vols 1 to 13)
The Encyclopedia of the Harlem Literary Renaissance (R 810.90896 ENCb)
Encyclopedia of World War I (ABC-CLIO)
Encyclopedia of World War II (ABC-CLIO)
Magill's Medical Guide (Salem Press)
Music in American Life (Gale Virtual Reference Library)
New Catholic Encyclopedia (Gale Virtual Reference Library)
Principles of Biology (Salem Press)

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