How do I choose the best database for my subject?

Library catalogues are a great source for books, reports and dissertations, but they do not cover journal articles, book chapters or contributions to proceedings.

Bibliographic databases or article indexes can be created for specific subject areas or publication types or for more general coverage of several subject areas. For example, if you are looking for information on topics related to agriculture:

Which one you choose depends on the type of information you are looking for (applied vs scientific, Dutch vs international).

To choose the best database ask yourself:

Once you have some answers to these questions, you can consult the Portals section to see if you can find a relevant database. Each main portal page lists a number of general bibliographies. You can read the database descriptions behind the information icons to see if they are relevant for your topic.
More specialised bibliographies are listed in the portlets under "Resources by subject"

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