Q. I am doing a research paper on over-population what is the best database to use?



Have you narrowed down your topic further? Researching "overpopulation" is a fairly general topic. Because of this, I think you may find interesting sources from a number of different databases. Here are some suggestions:

  • ProQuest's Research Library database
  • PubMed
  • EBSCOhost
You can find all of these in our Databases A-Z list.

When you are searching, you might try limiting the search field. For example, in ProQuest's Advanced Search you would enter your term "overpopulation" and then use the dropdown in the limiter beside the search field to choose "Document Title - TI". This will ensure that the only documents returned are those which have your search term in the title of the document. This makes them more likely to be relevant to your topic. I would also try "Subject Heading (all - SU" and then browse the "Suggested Subjects" links that result from your search. The documents you find here may give you some ideas for your research.

To  narrow down your search a bit, you could add additional terms to your search. For example, you might search "overpopulation" AND "developing countries". You can keep using the "Title" limiter, but if you find that you are not getting any results with the second term added, then try limiting the fields to "Abstract - AB". This will limit your search to only the abstracts (summaries) of each document. The results will be more relevant than if you don't limit the search at all.

You can use these search strategies in all of the databases above. Just look for the "Advanced Search" to get the additional search fields.

Just let us know if you have any more questions. You can call or stop by the reference desk for face to face help.


  • Last Updated Dec 11, 2018
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  • Answered By Chris Wieman

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