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Research Databases

What is a database? A collection of articles found in journals and newspapers. Some also include videos, ebooks and images.

Why use databases and not websites? Many websites are created or sponsored by companies with the intent to sell products or services.  Their information may be inaccurate or biased.

The following is a list of databases that contain relevant sources in the field of education. Try the first three before using the multi-disciplinary ones. 

If you are looking for a particular journal, go to Journals page.

Please note: Off-site access to these databases requires a valid St. Francis College login.

  • Education Full Text (Ebsco)
    A complete source of education scholarship. The database encompasses an international array of English-language periodicals, monographs, and yearbooks.
  • Education Database (ProQuest)
    This database includes over 770 top educational publications, including more than 600 of the titles in full text. The coverage spans the literature on primary, secondary and higher education as well as special education, home schooling and adult education. Many titles are indexed in the ERIC database.
  • Education Resource Information Center (ERIC) (Ebsco)
    This database provides access to information from journals included in the Current Index of Journals in Education and Resources in Education Index. The database contains more than 1.3 million records and links to more than 323,000 full-text documents dating back to 1966.
  • Academic Search Complete (Ebsco)
    A multi-disciplinary database with more than 6,100 full-text periodicals. More than 5,100 are peer-reviewed journals. It offers indexing and abstracts for more than 10,100 journals and a total of 10,600 publications including monographs, reports, conference proceedings, etc. It also features PDF content going back as far as 1887, with the majority of full-text titles in native (searchable) PDF format.
  • OmniFile Full Text Mega (Ebsco)
    A multidisciplinary database. Full-text access to 2,100 journals, many are peer-reviewed.
  • Project Muse   
    Full-text, peer-reviewed articles to a comprehensive selection of humanities and social science journals.
  • ProQuest
    Article abstracts and full-text articles from magazines, scholarly journals, and major English language newspapers. Covers a wide range of scholarly topics.
  • Psychology Database (ProQuest)
    This database provides abstracts and indexing for more than 650 titles, with over 550 titles available in full text. Coverage ranges from behavioral, clinical, cognitive, developmental, experimental, industrial and social psychology, along with personality, psychobiology and psychometrics.
  • Social Sciences Full Text (Ebsco)
    This multi-disciplinary database includes over 540 titles, with more than 310 available in full text.
  • Social Science Database (ProQuest)
    This database includes over 535 titles, with more than 310 available in full text.
Here are videos on how to use Ebsco and ProQuest.

Articles from the Internet

Here are two additional sources (from the Internet) to help you find articles.

Here is a video on how to use Google Scholar.

Search for Articles in our One Search Box

Go to SFC Library Homepage ( to search our catalog. 

1) Click the "Articles & Databases" tab to searches for articles.

select Articles tab


2) Select a field in the "Search for" second dropdown menu will yield better results. Here are four that you may use.

  • Full record searches for the terms that you enter anywhere in the record. Your terms may appear in the title, the subject field, table of contents, etc. It's a general search. Use it when you are not sure about how to phrase your subject.
  • Title searches for a specific title. 
  • Author searches for the author. 
  • Subject searches for specific topics. 


3) Select the recommended "peer-reviewed journals" refinement in the result page on the left under "Refine My Results." (Scroll down to "What are Scholarly Articles" to understand why use peer-reviewed journals.)


articles tab results


4) To find results from a specific time frame, scroll down the page and put the range of years in the “Creation Date” boxes.

refined by date


5) To further narrow results, use the "Topic" refinement feature. This feature recommends specific topics related to your search. Click “More options” to open a pop-up box of more suggested topics. 

refined by topic


6) The number of results should be reduced. You can remove any refinements by clicking the X to the right of the refinement.

article refined results


What're Scholarly Articles?

Scholarly, peer-reviewed, or refereed articles are written by scholars or experts in a particular discipline. The authors' peers review the article before it gets published in a journal (see definition below.) This process adds more credibility and accuracy to the claims in the article.

There are a dozen ways to distinguish scholarly journals from other types of periodicals

Three key specifications are: Who wrote it? What is the article’s structure? Is there a list of works cited?

And here is a 3-question test to help you. Is this Article Scholarly?

According to the Oxford English Dictionary, journals are "any periodical publication containing news or dealing with matters of current interest in any particular sphere."

What's an Abstract of an Article?

An abstract of an article summarizes the article. Sometimes you may only see an abstract and not the full-text of the article. The reason is our subscriptions do not have full-text access to every result in a particular database. If you search our catalog and find only an abstract, you can request the article through our interlibrary loan service. And if you search a database and find only an abstract, try to search for the article with its full title in our catalog. This allows you to search all of our databases for it.