When instructors tell students to use library databases to find information on a topic, they are referring to the many subject-specific online research tools the library offers.
For students in classes like English Composition and Effective Oral Communication, an "all-purpose" database like Academic Search Complete is an excellent place to start. See the link in the middle of this screen under Finding Magazine and Journal Articles to access this database.
Additional help in using a database like Academic Search Complete can be found at the bottom middle of this screen under "How To" Tutorials.
ZipSearch is the place to start most research projects. It includes:
Because it includes so many resources, it can be helpful to limit your searching in ZipSearch to source types or library locations under the "Refine Results" section of the search results screen:
Some features of the UA Libraries Catalog make it the best place to search for some UA collections including: