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*English Subject Guide: Articles & Books

Library Databases

Search the Library Catalog

The library's online catalog searches not only items available at HPU Libraries, but items available at libraries in our area (Triad Academic Library Association) and libraries around the world. If you find an item in our catalog that is not available at HPU, you may be able to go to a local TALA library and check it out, or request to borrow it from another library through Interlibrary Loan

Tips for Searching

Tips for Searching Library Databases

  • Pay attention to the words that researchers and authors use when writing about your topic. The words we might use to describe something aren't necessarily the same as those used in scholarly literature. (Example: try searching the word "adolescents" instead of "teenagers.")
    • Sometimes articles will have keywords listed under the abstract!
  • Try a few library databases to see how your search results differ. The library provides access to over 230 databases! Sometimes you need to search more than one to find what you're looking for.
  • Use quotation marks to search for a specific phrase. (Example: searching "social media" will find results where those two words are always side by side in your results.)
  • Look at citations! If you find a promising citation in the references list of an article, copy and paste the title of the promising article into our catalog search. This will show you if we have full-text access to it in any of our databases.
    • You can also search for newer articles that have cited a specific article by searching the title of that specific article in Google Scholar and then clicking on "Cited by."
  • Be imaginative! Try narrowing your search by adding other related terms to your search. Take a look at the Topic & Background Info tab of this guide for ways to explore your topic.