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General Databases

There are two types of databases: general databases and subject databases.

General databases cover many subjects and often contain both popular and scholarly periodicals.

Sometimes general databases are used at the beginning of the research process because they help you narrow a topic. They are also used when your topic doesn't fit into a specific subject, or if you want information that isn't too technical.

Examples of general periodical databases are:

Academic OneFile is a good general database that includes not only academic journals, but magazines and newspapers.
Proquest Newspapers indexes newspapers from around the world, including the Boston Globe.
Academic Search Premier indexes articles from magazines and journals on a wide range of topics.