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You can also view a list of databases that are best for a specific subject area:

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Our Research Guides help you find resources specific to your subject area or course. Choose a subject or course name from the list below to view the guide for that topic, or view a list of all our research guides.

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Finding Scholarly Articles for Your Discussion/ Seminar Topics

I. Using OneSearch to Find Articles for Your Discussion/ Seminar Topics
If you like google search, you would love OneSearch (see the Search Box above that says "Enter search term here".   OneSearch allows you to find quality full-text articles and ebooks across many of the resources subscribed by CSI and CUNY. Try typing different topics such as history of televisionvideo games and violence; social media and facebook in the search box above and see what you get. Watch a Demo Tutorial Here

II. Using Individual Databases to Find Articles for Your Discussion/ Seminar Topics

As you have seen above, OneSearch allows you to search across many of the library resources in one place, but there are times when searching an individual database, especially a subject-specific database might be more effective, giving you not as many hits as OneSearch, but more relevant articles. In addition, the search Interface might be more user friendly. The following databases should be very useful for you to find articles related to your Discussion Topics. Do not forget that these databases can also generate MLA citations for you, a big time-saver.

  1. Academic Search Complete  / Watch Tutorial
    Large multidisciplinary database providing abstracts and select full text of scholarly and popular publications in a wide variety of subject disciplines, including art, literature, education, history, sociology, science, and engineering. Because of its broad subject and full text coverage, Academic Search Complete is a good starting point for research on virtually any topic.
  2. Nexis Uni
    Full text of hundreds of national and local newspapers and magazines, as well as course cases. In this database, you'll find the court case: United States v. Paramount Pictures, Inc., 334 U.S. 131.  Use Guided Search for Cases, then type United States v. Paramount Pictures in Search Box
  3. Gale in Context: Opposing Viewpoints
    Resource for hundreds of topics, including social media and video games...Search using these terms, and you will retrieve peer-reviewed journal articles, reports, and multi-media content on the topic.
  4. CQ Researcher / Watch Tutorial
    ​Provides in-depth coverage of current hot topics. Try searching using terms such as social media platforms...
  5. GALE EBOOKS / Watch Tutorial
    Good for background reading on a topic. Try searching using terms such as television, or television industry, or social media
  6. Academic Video Online
    This Database contains more than 66,000 streaming video titles spanning the widest range of subject areas including anthropology, business, counseling, film, health, history, music, and more. They are all immediately available. All documentaries formerly on Film Platform are now available in this database. Collections on the platform include PBS (1,500 films), Documentaries (3,000 films), and Sony Picture Classics (350 films).

View a full alphabetical list of available library databases here: