The library databases are electronic platforms of searchable collections of articles (and sometimes books) on a variety of topics.
The library pays a lot of money to subscribe to these databases and most of the articles found in our databases are not available for free on the internet.
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, instead of just using Google, can often lead you good sources on your topic. (NOTE: Not all articles in our databases are full text, buy many are, and those that aren't can be gotten through our Interlibrary Loan Service (ILL).
WHAT DOES THAT FIND IT BUTTON DO, ANYWAY?
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!!!
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
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)
NOTE: Older coverage of four of these national newspapers can be found individually under the historical newspaper section (see below)
USA.gov 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, see Newspaper Databases list above)
Historical Documents Series (CQ Press: Primary documents)
Historical New York Times (1851-2006, Current coverage, see above)
Historical Statistics of the United States (Cambridge, Millennial Edition)
Historical Wall Street Journal (1889-1992, Current coverage, see above)
Historical Washington Post (1877-1993, Current coverage, see above)
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, 1817-1994 Collection of primary source material detailing all aspects of American history (see Armed Forces and Conflicts)