Database - a searchable collection of articles from all kinds of publications. Sometimes the collection is focused on a subject, A database is the main tool used for finding articles on particular subject. Most articles found will be in full text, but sometimes they are not. If the article is not in full text there is usually a link to request it and it will be sent to you.
Journal - usually the word used in the university or college setting to talk about publications that include research done by other scholars.
Databases grouped by subject. This should help you select appropriate collections based on your topic, however, keep in mind that usually topics are covered in overlapping disciplines. For example: If your research question is "Should the White House end a policy that bans abortion aid to victims in war zones?" you will find resources in HEALTH, but also in LAW, and RELIGION.
To search all of these collections at once use
Health Database Collection
Science, Biology, Ecology, Environment, Bioethics Database Collection
Green File (EBSCOhost)
Congressional Research Service Reports
Search the National Council for Science and the Environment collection of 2,225 CRS reports for U.S. policy regarding scientific issues. Reports are complete and in full text.
Education Database Collection
Business/Consumer Issues Database Collection
NCJRS –Nat’l Criminal Justice Research (not EBSCOhost, must be search separately)
NCJRS- National Criminal Justice Research(U.S. Government)
Religion, Ethics, Philosophy Database Collection