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Links to Top Databases

Links to Tutorials: Links to Start Searching:
Searching Summon Access Now
ProQuest Central Access Now
Opposing Viewpoints in Context Access Now
Credo Reference Access Now
Newsbank Access Now
Films on Demand Access Now
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ProQuest Central (3:17)

ProQuest Central

A large and robust database. A great place to start most research.

Opposing Viewpoints in Context (2:41)

Opposing Viewpoints in Context

Great for argument papers or speeches, especially on social issues.

Credo Reference

Credo Reference

Excellent source of encyclopedia and dictionary background information.

Additional Help Videos


Newsbank (3:15) & Using Newsbank to find topics (2:31)


Perfect for gathering info about news events and for investigating local, national, and international viewpoints.

Our most recommended database for news articles has several good tools to help you choose a topic.

Films on Demand (3:53)

Films on Demand

A large collection of many different types of videos including documentaries, lectures, interviews, performances, and more.