It is very difficult to write even a simple essay without using web resources or offline media. We are living in the age of the Internet, and thus, very often there is no need to leave the comfort of your home in order to find necessary information. The Internet makes life easier, and this statement is certainly true with the academic world. Writing tasks are very common in high schools, colleges and universities. Thus, students are in a constant need of reliable sources of information. Academic databases are perhaps the best places to look for academic information. Sure thing, traditional web search can also yield positive results, but imagine databases that contain only academic papers and other relevant information. A thorough search in academic databases will most certainly end up with success. Let’s give a brief overview of post popular academic databases and their features.
Without any doubt, Academic Search Premier is the most popular but yet the most expensive academic database. One of its advantages of that having got access to Academic Search Premier, you will be granted access to a handful of other databases in EBSCO Host. Search by keywords, date and resource type is available, which will surely broaden and specify search results. It is also possible to search for certain keywords in a chosen publication or a journal. This is very helpful especially if you know a good journal but are unaware of whether or not it contains necessary information.
CQ Researcher differs from other similar journals since its every new issue is dedicated to one problem. The contents are produced by one or two researches. Articles are rather informative, providing readers with a background, history and overview of a problem. It is reasonable to use CQ Researcher to find more sources of information for your paper, since this journal publishes extended bibliography to all articles.
JSTOR is a popular academic journal that stores articles as Adobe Acrobat files (*pdf). Sometimes, these .pdf files are quite big and thus require much time to download and open. However, this is perhaps the only disadvantage of JSTOR since it contains top quality academic articles, some of which are even better than the one you are looking for. To be able to open and read .pdf files you will need Adobe Reader which is free to download and use. It is possible to select journals in which you want JSTOR to find articles for you.
Very often, news articles contain very important information, especially on up to date problems and researches. LEXIS-NEXIS Academic Universe is certainly the right place to look for topical news articles that only give current information on topics but do not analyze them, unlike scholar papers. LEXIS-NEXIS Academic Universe covers almost all newspapers in the world!