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INT 101 Glance

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This guide introduces you to conducting research at Mercer University, and contains information and sources to help you get started. If you need any further help, please contact Amy Gratz via or at 478-301-5334, or ask a librarian

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Databases, Journals, and Articles

Small graphic of the Database-Journal-Article poster created 2014


Databases - Searchable electronic warehouses that contain a wide variety of information sources from multiple publishers. Most material is also available in print format.

Journals - Subscription publications that contain scholarly articles and information on similar topics. Most are peer-reviewed.

Articles - A relatively short, written work in a journal, be it scholarly or popular.


Recommended Databases

Discovery - an EBSCO service allowing you to search multiple databases and the library catalog simultaneously. This service is made available to us through GALILEO, Georgia Library Learning Online, an initiative of the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia.

Research Library (ProQuest) a general database providing access to scholarly journals and general magazines, many of which are available in full text. This database is not included in Discovery.

Oxford English Dictionary Online - The OED covers words from across the English-speaking world, from North America to South Africa, from Australia and New Zealand to the Caribbean. It also offers the best in etymological analysis and in listing of variant spellings, and it shows pronunciation using the International Phonetic Alphabet.

MLA International Bibliography (EBSCO) - Index of literature, languages, linguistics, literary theory and criticism, dramatic arts, and folklore from over 4,400 journals and serials, as well as books, essay collections, working papers, proceedings, dissertations, and bibliographies.

Literature Resource Center (Gale) - Full-text articles from scholarly journals and literary magazines are combined with critical essays, work and topic overviews, full-text works, biographies, and more to provide a wealth of information on authors, their works, and literary movements.

Citing Sources

MLA Style Guide - created and maintained by the Purdue OWL, this guide covers the basics of citing in MLA style. NOTE: MLA recently updated to the 8th edition, so watch for changes if you've used it before!

APA Style Guide - created and maintained by the Purdue OWL, this guide covers the basics of citing in APA style.

Also check your Little Bear Handbook, or you can come and check out the complete style guides at the library's circulation desk.

Ask Jack for more help! Librarians at the Ask Jack desk are happy to help you cite your sources or double-check your work!


This resource helps you cite sources, but more importantly, helps you organize and manage your research. Check out this guide for more information.

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