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Advanced Research: Database Evaluation
This guide is for MSJC students and advanced researchers and features topics such as strategic browsing, finding data and research tips to make your research process more efficient.
Before you begin searching a database, you will want to figure out whether the database contains the information and resource types (articles, eBooks, streaming media) you need for your research. Take some time to evaluate it.
Consider your research needs when evaluating a database:
Do you have to use scholarly journal articles? Which databases provide access to those? EBSCO and JSTOR both include scholarly articles.
Are you writing an argumentative or persuasive essay, or preparing a debate topic? Are you not sure what topic you want to research and would like to browse popular topics? A pro/con, hot topic database might be useful, such as Opposing Viewpoints, CQ Researcher, or Issues & Controversies.