What’s the Best Database?
If you have ever looked at the list of electronic resources at Baylor, you can be easily overwhelmed as we currently have almost 700 listed. Although you can narrow the list down by a subject in the pull-down menu, the list is still alphabetical and it can be hard to know which is the best database for your search.
So here are some suggestions for a “goto” database for the STEM disciplines at Baylor
- Aviation Science: AAIA Online
- Biology: PubGet
- Chemistry: SciFinder
- Communication Science & Disorders: ComDisDome
- Computer Science: ACM Digital Library
- Electrical Engineering: IEEE Explore
- Environmental Science: Environment Complete
- Geology: GeoRef
- Mathematics: MathSciNet
- Mechanical Engineering: ASME Digital Library
- Physics: Scitation
- Psychology: PsycInfo
- Statistics: Current Index to Statistics
But don’t limit yourself just to these especially if your major is more multidisciplinary. Biochemistry majors should look at both biology and chemistry databases; and Neuroscience at both biology and psychology databases. Biology and geology can be of interest to environmental scientists. There is often material that covers both physics and engineering, and math overlaps with physics and statistics.
And the good news is later this year we should be rolling out a new version of the Electronic Resources Database (ERD) that has the more relevant sources float to the top and the more general ones float to the bottom.