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Introduction to Graduate Liberal Studies

Databases A-Z

As an interdisciplinary field, Liberal Studies research may incorporate the scholarly literature of almost any academic discipline. If you're looking for a database to suit your topic, the best place to start is the Databases page.

The Databases page includes an alphabetical list of all the databases to which Rutgers subscribes, as well as the option to filter the list by subject area or resource type (such as articles, books, data, primary sources). Each database has an "About" link that provides more information about its scope and coverage.

Finding Articles

Here are some of the major databases used across Rutgers. Although these will likely not be the only databases you need to consult, they are all excellent places for you to search for peer-reviewed articles. Depending on your topic, any of these would be good places to start your research.


In addition to our subject-specific and multidisciplinary databases, you can also search for articles using QuickSearch, a single search portal designed to make finding sources easier. QuickSearch can be found on almost every Libraries webpage.

Rutgers University Libraries designed QuickSearch to search our entire book collection (print and electronic) plus a majority of our electronic resources, so it can be a good place to do initial research and search broadly across resource types and subject areas. The only caveat is that subject-specific databases, such as those listed above, may include articles that are not findable via QuickSearch and may also offer more advanced ways to construct a search or limit your results.



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