Skip to Questions

Fast Answers - Find an answer or "Ask Us!" for sources.

Useful Tip: Type keywords rather than proper names; e.g., companies or countries rather than Apple or China

Article databases: Which to choose?

How do I know which article database to use?
Last Updated: Oct 08, 2013  |  806 Views

Was this helpful? 0   0


Choose an article database to search using our comparison chart:

 Recommended for:
NewsTrade ArticlesAcademic ArticlesComments
  • Best for management and scholarly literature.
  • Some articles may include charts/images.
  • Includes alert service.
Academic Search Premier    
  • Best for interdisciplinary scholarly literature.
  • Some articles may include charts/images
Business Source Complete  
  • Similar to ABI/Inform; each has journals the other does not.
  • Full-text of Harvard Business Review.
  • Company, industry, and region reports.
  • Some articles may include charts/images.
  • Best for current events and news.
  • Best for recent Wall Street Journal.
  • Journals, trade publications, newspapers, newswires, and transcripts.
Google Scholar    
  • This link provides the FindIT@Harvard button.
LexisNexis Academic
  • Best for legal and government sources. No images.
  • Best for recent New York Times.
  • Journals, newspapers, newswires, and transcripts.
  • Legal reports from federal and state courts, federal laws and regulations, and other government information.
  • Best for older research.
  • Classic academic journals.
  • 100% full-text; all charts and images included.
Web of Science    
  • Good for interdisciplinary research.

Other Answers / Comments (0)

    Other Ways to Contact Us

    Ask us.  Get Fast Answers.

    For Harvard affiliates or on-site visitors.  

    Request a research consultation.

    Hours of service.

    Baker Library | Bloomberg Center, Harvard Business School, Soldiers Field, Boston, MA 02163, 617-495-6040