The next step in your research is to look for scholarly and popular articles about your plant. In order to find these articles, you will need to search in article databases. We have some really good ones listed in the next column to get you started.
Databases have very different search capabilities. To become a better searcher, follow these tips.
1. Familiarize Yourself
Ask yourself, "What kinds of information can I get from these databases?"
2. Determine the Access Points
Ask yourself, "What search options are available in these databases?" Can I do a subject browse? Use Boolean Operators?
3. Remember to Search ALL the Plant Names
Ask yourself, "What are the various names of my plant?"
What are databases? Databases index and sometimes provide full-text access to peer-reviewed and popular magazine articles. The databases below index many Hawaii and Pacific journals and magazines, thus are most likely to have articles about your topic.