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Military Science: Find Articles

Databases -What Are They?

Library databases are searchable collections of article records or full text articles on a variety of topics.

The library pays money to subscribe to these databases and most of the articles found in our databases are not available for free on the internet.

Some of these articles may be found through doing a Google search, but commonly there will be a monetary cost to get them. The full text articles found in our databases are free to library users and to faculty, students & staff from off campus.

Another advantage of using library databases is that it is often much easier to find scholarly articles in the library databases than searching for them on the web. There are many good sources found on the web, but there is also a lot of junk! If you use unreliable sources for your papers your grades will likely suffer!

So searching library databases isn’t the same as searching the web for articles on your topic.

The databases listed to the right are not necessarily foreign language databases, but they all do contain foreign language articles. Some of these databases do a better job than others, depending upon the language or topic, so it is useful to sample different databases.

Find It Button



It's a bit like magic, really.  The Find It button does three things:

·         Looks in all of our databases to see if the document you want is available full-text in another of our databases.  If so, it links you to it!

·         Links you to the library catalog when we have the item you want in print or microform.

·         Links you to ILLiad (interlibrary loan) so you can borrow the item from another library if we don't have access electronically or in print.

The Find It button is YOUR FRIEND!!!

This tutorial lets you see the FIND IT BUTTON in action! 
AND, this tutorial gives you a little insight about Interlibrary Loan!


Click on the following LINK to access a Step by Step Guide on how to search for an article in one of our databases



Most military journal articles can be accessed from direct links to online journals on the web, (click on this link), but the following SU databases may yield articles on your topic:

MILITARY Oriented Database

Military and Government Collection Current news of all branches of the military

GENERAL Databases

Academic Search Complete (This multi-disciplinary database provides full text for more than 4,650 journals, including full text for more than 3,900 peer-reviewed titles.)

ArticleFirst Indexes articles on business, science, humanities, social sciences, medicine, technology, and popular culture

MasterFILE Premier Popular interest publications for public library patrons

Science Direct  Scientific database on physical sciences and engineering, life sciences, health sciences, and social sciences and humanities. Many full text articles. Also indexes books on the above topics. ALSO includes full text articles from the journal "The Leadership Quarterly" which covers the topics  Complexity Leadership Theory (CLT) and Complex Adaptive Systems (CAS)



Baltimore Sun (1990 - current)
Christian Science Monitor (1988 - current)
New York Times (1980 - current)
Wall Street Journal (1984 - current)
Washington Post (1987 - current)

NOTE: Older coverage of four of these national newspapers can be found individually under the historical newspaper section (see below) U.S. government information; menu and keyword searching

HISTORY Oriented Databases

America: History and Life Literature covering the history and culture of the United States and Canada, from prehistory to the present

America's Historical Newspapers Early American Newspapers, Series 1, 1690-1876

Historical Baltimore Sun (1837-1985, Current coverage at Newspapers National)

Historical Documents Series (CQ Press: Primary documents)

Historical New York Times (1851-2006, Current coverage at Newspapers National)

Historical Statistics of the United States (Cambridge, Millennial Edition)

Historical Wall Street Journal (1889-1992, Current coverage at Newspapers National)

Historical Washington Post (1877-1993, Current coverage at Newspapers National)

JSTOR Collections for Arts & Sciences I, II, III, Business and Botany and Ecology - This database is not a historical database, per se, but many of the journals covered go back to the first published issues which in effect make it a good place to research history over a broad spectrum of topics. Essentially all fulltext. MAKE A NOTE OF THIS WEBSITE FOR HISTORICAL RESEARCH (eg. try "Rolling Thunder" and Vietnam)

NewsBank: Archive of Americana This family of historical collections contains books, pamphlets, broadsides, newspapers, government documents and ephemera printed in America over three centuries

U.S. Congressional Serial Set, 1817-1984 Collection of primary source material detailing all aspects of American history (see Armed Forces and Conflicts)


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