1. Begin at the Library's homepage (linked above).
You can also start at the myMillikin page. Look for the "Academics" section on the right and then click on "Library Databases."
2. Click on the Search Databases button under "Find Articles, Audio & Video."
3. You can access the databases by name or by subject.
4. Unless you have a specific database in mind, think about what you are researching. Your topic is part of what subjects? Click on the subject(s) for your topic.
5. You will then see a listing of database in that subject area. Click on one of them to begin searching. Keep in mind that different database will return different results, even in the same subject area, so make sure to try more than one!
6. Each database is a little different, but they all have some things in common.
7. Every database has a box where you can type in the words for your search. Most database have multiple boxes. Try putting each of your search concepts in a separate box.
8. After you have conducted your search you will see a list of results.
9. In most databases you will be presented with options for narrowing down your results. These limits may include date, format type, subject, age, geographic location, etc.
10. When you find an article that looks interesting, click on the title to find out more about it.
11. The abstract is a short summary of the article. The subject terms are what the article is about and can be clicked on to find more articles on the same subject.
Staley Library has a number of education specific article database. These can be accessed from the Staley Library Databases List under the Education subject. Below are a few highlights. For your Family Diversity assignment you may also find the sociology database SocIndex helpful.