On a Topic
There are two approaches that you can take when searching for articles on a particular topic.
You can conduct a general search using our Discovery feature which will give you access to physical and online materials in all formats belonging to the Library's collection. Discovery is a fast way to look for resources but it is not comprehensive and you will need to search other resources to find relevant materials on your topic.
You can also conduct a specific search by going into select databases. This search process may be more time consuming but it is much more precise and will result in you uncovering more relevant resources.
General Search (Discovery)
Using Discovery for your research is easy and convenient but it comes with some limitations. Discovery simultaneously searches McMaster's Library Catalogue and the contents of several subscription and open access databases which means that it will bring up articles from most subject areas but it is not a comprehensive search of everything that is available through the library so you may miss out on relevant resources found in databases.
Specific Search (Databases)
Database searching may be more time consuming as you need to search in each database separately but it is a good research practice for coming up with more results. Some advantageous of database searching include:
Choosing a database
To find a database in your subject area search the Databases page by subject to view all relevant resources. Select the information graphic next to the database name in order to see a description of the database. We recommend selecting at least 3 separate databases for your research as each database will have different journals and articles in its collection.