Marxe Capstone: Library Resources

Which Database Should I Use?

Which library databases should I use?
That depends on the type of information source you need (scholarly articles, statistics, etc.) and the subject area of your research. Be prepared to search multiple library databases and use a mix of sources.

  • Scholarly articles in multidisciplinary databases with social science research
  • Scholarly articles in subject specific databases
  • Books
  • Papers, Reports, Government documents
  • Statistics
  • Demographics
  • News sources

For a quick overview of "OneSearch Versus Library Databases," see below.

Academic & Scholarly Articles - Multidisciplinary databases

Multidisciplinary databases covering many areas and topics of social sciences research:

Academic & Scholarly Articles - Subject specific databases

Below is a list of subject specific databases often searched for Marxe capstones. Connect  to search literature in a specific discipline or field.

Do not limit yourself to these databases. Visit the Newman Library's website for a complete list of databases available to you.

How to Find Scholarly Journal Articles Using OneSearch

Databases Chart

Databases Chart

OneSearch or Library Databases

Should I choose “Databases” or a OneSearch option on the library’s website?

Define Your Search Options



  • allows you to search across hundreds of library databases, simultaneously, through one interface
  • is convenient
  • can be an excellent starting point for your research/literature review
  • does not search every library database (for example, Onesearch does not include data & statistics and company reports)
  • and may list a lot of irrelevant items

So, if you choose a OneSearch option ...

  • you may miss key articles and other sources if you only use OneSearch
  • you may need to use a few filters to limit your search results to narrow down to more relevant items
  • we still suggest connecting to individual, subject specific databases



  • will show you the A-Z list or a Subject list of all the databases available for you to search
  • allows you to perform a thorough and focused search in one specialized database
  • allows you to use all of the advanced search features and functions within that databases

So, if you choose Databases, ...

  • you will need to decide which database to search
  • you will need to search several databases for your research/literature review
  • you will need to be comfortable searching databases made by different companies and with different interfaces and functions; so, it may take some practice to become familiar with these differences