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ENG 1061/1070 English Composition/Effective Speaking: Research databases

Getting started with background research for composition and speech topics.

What is a DATABASE?

An electronic collection of materials which includes information describing each item that can be searched.  Searches a specific set of information sources, especially periodicals.

Statistics for the U.S. and states, counties and more

Magazine articles

To find magazine articles only

(excluding newspaper or scholarly journal articles)

In ProQuest Central, choose "Advanced Search" and under More search options, choose Magazines under Source type.

Finding full-text

To locate the text of an article:


From a Castleton subscription database:

Look for a link to full text or PDF.

If full-text is not available,

Look for the words "Full-text finder":

On the next screen, look for a link to the article in another database or look for information about the journal in the Castleton library's holdings (click on "print").  In the Castleton library, it might be available in paper form ("periodical collection"), or on microfilm or microfiche. (You can ask for help locating and using microfilm or microfiche.)

If you see  "Request this item through interlibrary loan," you may click to make the request.


From a citation:

Use the Journal Titles A-Z List to look for access online or in the Castleton library. 

If no access online or in Castleton holdings: use the library's interlibrary loan system to request the article through interlibrary loan.  Log in with your CU credentials.

If you make an interlibrary loan request

You may get the article the next day, but it could take up to two or three weeks.  You will be contacted through Castleton email with the article or a response to your request.  

Castleton OneSearch

Search for articles, books and more...

Castleton OneSearch searches most of the library's purchased or subscription material at once.  Don't put a full sentence or question in the search box.  Pull out keywords from the concepts of your topic.

Instead of What kind of cognition does an octupus engage in?

Type in cognition octopus

Research databases

Suggested subscription databases

Broad range of topics, with full-text. Helpful for background information.

Suggested subject-specific databases

Exercise: Magazines vs. Academic journals

Full list of databases

Complete list of Castleton's subscription databases

View by name of database or subject

Subscription source for streaming video

Sources for both sides of debates

Another source for articles

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