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Vietnam: Research Strategies: Step #3: Deepen - Specialized Websites and Databases

Resources on Asian cultures.

Tips for searching the Internet

The following are suggested keywords to use on your search:

asia, asian culture, asian traditions, history, religion, social aspects, customs

When searching the web remember to:

  • Use the advanced search function, available from most search engines
  • Limit your search to .edu and .gov sites (domain)
  • Limit your search by format to get images or videos
  • Limit your date range to the last 3-5 years to find current information

Google Advanced Search

Use Google Advanced Search to narrow your results by site or domain, fily type or date updated, among other features.

Specialized Websites

Finding database articles

A database is a collection of information. Most often, in a library, this means a collection of articles--scholarly journal articles, magazine articles, and newspaper articles.

Listed below are suggested databases containing articles on your topic. Since articles are shorter and more narrowly focused than books or reference materials, they are most useful after you have narrowed your topic.

  • General One File
  • SIRS Researcher
  • Social Sciences Full Text

You can also focus your search on a specific journal title. We recommend the Journal of Asian Studies.

Remember to:

  • Use Advanced Search
  • Limit search to full text articles
  • Limit date range to get the most recent publications

You can also try a basic keyword search or browse topics.

Here's a tutorial that shows you how to log in to MDC databases and use SIRS Researcher.

How to Access SIRS Researcher