The James B. Duke Memorial Library subscribes to over 100 different databases that have articles and information not available on Google! They cover all subjects of academic research, from technology, history to business, and science to the arts.
Our databases will give you access to more than just scholarly journal articles. You can search national and international newspapers, popular magazine articles, and industry specific trade publications. Sometimes, these different sources of information are required for your paper.
Patrons can search our Databases by a list or by college and majors.
Popular Resource Characteristics
Are often written by journalist or professional writers for a general audience who lack subject expertise
Use language easily understood by general readers Rarely give full citations for sources
Tend to be shorter than journal articles
Work is typically reviewed by publication editors
May report research as news items, feature stories, editorials and opinion pieces.
Scholarly Source Characteristics
Are written by and for faculty, researchers or scholars (chemist, historians, doctors, artists, etc.)
Use scholarly and technical language.
Tend to be longer articles about research
Include full citations for sources.
Are often refereed or peer reviewed (articles are reviewed by an editor and other specialist before being accepted for publication).