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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.
A primary resource covering current social issues that helps students discover, analyze, and organize a broad variety of data for conducting research, writing assignments, debates, and presentations. By providing both pro and con perspectives on many topics, this is an excellent starting point for building an argumentative essay.
Updated daily, a comprehensive resource of millions of current and archived articles, including complete online editions of many newspapers. Includes numerous Ohio newspapers, such as the Akron Beacon Journal.