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What Is a Research Database?

The Library One Search, located on the ASU Library homepage, brings up all library materials, including physical and digital resources. One of the most common digital resources you will find are articles from research databases. Research databases provide access to published magazine and scholarly journal articles that you will generally NOT find freely on the internet. 

You will need your ASURITE ID and password to access ASU Library research databases.

To learn more about what a research database is and why you should use them, view this tutorial:

Research Tools

There are three main ways to access research databases:

  • A-Z Databases List: The A-Z Databases List contains all the research databases available through ASU Library. You can find databases alphabetically, by subject, by database/source type, or by a search. This then leads you to searchable collections of articles and article citations from newspapers, magazines, scholarly journals, trade publications, and more.
  • Library One Search: Using Library One Search not only allows you to search research databases, but it will pull up all materials and resources in the ASU Library as well. It even includes an option to search the Library Catalog only.
  • WorldCatWorldCat is the world's largest network of library content and services. WorldCat libraries are dedicated to providing access to their resources on the Web, where most people start their search for information.


Tips For Researching

  1. Topic Identification and Selection
  2. Developing a Research or Guiding Question
  3. Finding and Using Background Research
  4. Generating and Using Keywords for Searching Databases
  5. Evaluating Resources: Is Your Research CRAAP            


To verify whether or not you have a peer-reviewed article,

use UlrichsWeb.


ASU Library has additional tutorials and information to improve research skills.


-       IMPORTANT!       - 

When using any resources from the ASU Library or elsewhere, keep in mind that you must cite all of your sources to comply with ASU's Academic Integrity. ASU Library has a guide with more information on citation styles. If you are unsure of which citation style to use, please check with your professor. 

Multidisciplinary Research Dababases

Start Searching!

Library One Search  

Library One Search retrieves many articles, books and other resources from ASU Library's collections. It's a good first place to start.
Hint: On the right hand side, refine your search to "Items with full text online." See the "Find Articles" tab above to search individual subject databases.

Google Scholar   


Google Scholar is an enhanced version of Google that provides scholarly research results. If you use this search box (or the Google Scholar link on the library home page) you will be connected to full text links via the ASU Library. Watch this tutorial about using Google Scholar at ASU Library!

Navigating to the next page...

Click here to go to the Physical and Other Materials page to learn more on how to request, borrow, and return books, chapters, articles, microform, materials not available at ASU Library, and more.

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