CQ Researcher (Topic List) Contains summary reports of current political and social issues.
ArticlesAcademic Search Premier Contains articles from academic journals, popular magazines, and major newspapers.
Academic OneFile (Gale) Contains articles from academic journals, popular magazines, and major newspapers.
ProQuest News & Newspapers
Provides full text coverage of thousands of U.S. and international newspapers. Includes the former ProQuest Newsstand collection, now named Global Newsstream.
Book Search searches the listing of books and ebooks available at the Normandale Library.
Try another database or try Combined Search.
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Article Databases by Subject
All of the library's online collections, organized by subject.
Combined SearchCombined Search
Combined Search helps find articles, books, and videos from the library collection.
Note: Combined Search currently only shows content that is accessible online. The Library's physical collection is temporarily unavailable due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Research Reminders About Database SearchingA database is a collection of electronic materials, like magazines, newspapers, journals, and books. You will search library databases similarly to how you search Google, some important differences. You often search Google with sentences, commands, questions or phrases. However, with databases:
- You search databases with topics (ideas, concepts) and nouns (person, place, thing). We call the terms you search databases with keywords.
- Keep keywords at 1-4 words; shorter is better. Try to reduce your topic to its core idea.
- Try pairing the keywords together in order to limit the number of results you get. You can connect two keywords by putting the word 'and' between them.
- Think of synonyms for your keywords. Databases search the text of an article for your exact keywords, and authors might not have used the exact same words as you. Think of synonyms, alternate terms, similar ideas, etc. to search with.
- Worksheet to help you develop keywords: Keyword Worksheet
This video gives a good overview of what database searching looks like:
An introduction to advanced search techniques:
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Consider the source's –
A = Author
P = Publication
P = Point of View
S = Sources