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Where Do I Start?: How to find things

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Databases A-Z

Find the best databases for your research. You can search by name, subject, or type to find a helpful database for your research needs. 

Searching Multidisciplinary Databases

The following are three general databases. Academic Search Premiere and ProQuest Central are useful for any academic subject. Web of Science is useful for academic subject areas in and outside of the sciences. These databases are a good place to start to locate general information. If you have a clearly defined research topic, then try using one of the more specific databases.

Search QuickSearch Scopes

UW Libraries QuickSearch: includes the collections of the University Libraries, UW Law Library, and the American Heritage Center. Searches almost everything.

Use this QuickSearch link to search Books, E-Books & Media.

Lastly, use this QuickSearch link to search Course Reserves.

Interlibrary Loan: UW students, faculty and staff can request books, journal volumes, journal articles and other materials, regardless of whether it is available in the UW Libraries, online or in libraries around the world. A free service! Interlibrary Loan link.

Subject Search in QuickSearch

Subject listings in the UW Libraries collections are useful for finding information organized around a specific topic. Performing a subject search can often find more specific results than a generalized "keyword" search.

On the UW Libraries homepage, enter a subject in the QuickSearch box and press enter. On the search results page, click on Advanced Search to the right of the search box. in the Advanced Search window, select "KEYWORD"  and "CONTAINS EXACT PHRASE" and then click on Search.

Keyword contains exact phase "Veterans-Services for-United States-Handbooks, manuals, etc.