For news or research articles, start with multi-disciplinary databases and subject specific databases.
Open Academic Search Ultimate. Select Choose Databases and select MasterFile Premier, PsycArticles and PsychInfo.
A bit further into my research, I have become interested in knowing what scholars are saying about Native Americans living in urban areas.
1. Native American = 29,000 results
2. Add urban areas = 240
3. Limit to Scholarly Journals = 181
For author biographical or literary criticism of works, try the Literature Databases.
Your topic may concern subject areas such as education, health, history, etc. You may consider searching within databases that contain articles that were published in subject-specific journals.
Literature Resource Center provides access to biographies, bibliographies, and critical analyses of authors from every age and literary discipline. Combining Gale Group's core literary databases in a single online service, the Literature Resource Center covers more than 120,000 novelists, poets, essayists, journalists, and other writers with in-depth coverage of 2,300 of the most studied authors.
This is mainly an index, so be prepared to use Interlibrary Loan! Provides indexing of over 4,000 journals and series. Also indexes books, essay collections, working papers, proceedings, dissertations, and bibliographies. Includes links to full text of selected journal articles.
A comprehensive database of humanities content, providing full text of hundreds of journals, books & other published sources from arount the world. This database includes data from American Humanities Index & Humanities International Index.
Complete text of the 20-volume 2nd edition of the Oxford English Dictionary (1989), plus its 3-volume Additions Series (1993, 1997).