Introduction to Databases

A database is a large collection of materials--mostly articles but also books, reports, etc. Some databases are more general, such as JStor or Academic Search Complete (links and descriptions below). Others deal with specific subjects, such as the Education databases listed below. YUFind (link and description below), called a "discovery tool", searches 75% of the databases in the YU library collection all at once, in addition to searching books/ebooks. Google Scholar allows you the power of a Google Search but specifically for scholarly material.

Your search strategy might vary but typically it is a good idea to start with YUFind to cast a wide net, followed by a search in one or more of the education databases, followed by a Google Scholar search, to carry out a more thorough search by checking in various databases instead of just in one. You might find some helpful information in a regular Google search but the bulk of your research should include sources from the scholarly material found in library databases. This information also often is proprietary, so you can not obtain it elsewhere. 

Education-specific Databases

General Databases

YUFind- An Aggregate Database

Google Scholar

**Please note: You should be logged in to YU libraries (you should log in with your credentials at the YUFind advanced search page) to access full text articles owned by YU libraries and listed on Google Scholar. 

ERIC Tutorial

National Center for Educational Statistics (NCES) Tutorials

Education Full Text (H.W. Wilson) Tutorial