Tip! Keep an eye out for books published by university presses. This is a very good hint that the book is scholarly research appropriate for use in a college-level project.
MLA International Bibliography is a great database for locating scholarly linguistics sources, but it is a primarily an index--meaning, most of the database records are just a description/abstract of the book or article, not the full text.
Tip! A book review is not a research source. Scholarly journals often publish book reviews, which are likely to pop up in your search results. While these can be helpful for tracking down the actual book to use, do not use the review itself as your source.
Browse our Subject Guides for databases for your topic, or check out the A-Z Databases list for more options.
When choosing databases to use for your research, there are several factors to consider:
If you have a general topic, and are not sure where to search, it is a good idea to start in Academic Search Complete, which is a general database with some information on almost every topic.
Choosing the right database is one of the most important parts of the research process. If you are not familiar with the databases, ask a librarian for help.