Locating Article Databases

The UW-Madison Libraries subscribes to hundreds of databases that you can search by name or by subject/topic.

Searching for a Database by Name

  1. From the UW-Madison Libraries homepage, click the red “Catalog” button on the left side of the page. This will open a drop-down menu.
  2. Select “Databases” from the red drop-down menu.
  3. Type your desired article database into the search box and hit ENTER on your keyboard.
  4. When you receive the list of results, click the name of the article database. You will be taken to a new page.
  5. Click “View Online” in the right column of the new page and your selected database will open.

Searching for a Database by Topic

  1. From the UW-Madison Libraries homepage, click the red “Catalog” button on the left side of the page. This will open a drop-down menu.
  2. Select “Databases” from the drop-down menu.
  3. Click the “Browse by Subject/Type” link under the search bar.
  4. From the large list of subject areas, select an area that fits your research question. Each subject area page contains a list of many article databases. These are divided into Core Databases, which contain information specific to the subject area, and Also Helpful Databases, which are less specific but related to the subject area.
  5. To learn more about a database, click on the database name. This will show you the database’s covered subject areas, time span, and the types of materials contained within the database.
  6. To enter the database, click “View Online” to the right of the database name in the search results, or in the right column of the database information page.