ZIS subscribes to a number of databases some of which feature peer reviewed academic articles which you will not find on the internet. Access three of these databases on this page or go to the Library Moodle page for our full list of databases and passwords.
Searching the databases helps you to find reliable, academic information. Learn the focus of the databases which are available to you through your academic institution. For example, Britannica School Edition is an excellent place to start any research as you will find general, introductory encyclopedic information on your topic including publicly licensed images from Image Quest and multi media. Whereas, JSTOR is a database of scholarly articles on the humanities, sciences and arts. EBSCO Host gives you access to periodicals covering a wide range of subject areas that are of interest to high-school students including art, history, sports, music, film, travel, science, the Internet, fashion, religion, nature, hobbies, current events, fiction and much more. Remember that all databases and passwords can be found on the library moodle page.
For example, use the Britannica search bar above to find great articles on West Africa such as
Al Bakir (primary source) writing about Ghana
The basics about Songhai
Use AND to find all your search terms
migrant AND labour AND remittances
Use OR to find any of your search terms
migration OR remittances
Search for exact phrases using quotations " " (this is important to prevent confusion with "economic development".)
Use truncation (*) to find different word endings and plurals
econom* finds economist, economic, economics, economy, economical…
Use the Wildcard (?) to find variations in spelling
labo?r finds labor and labour
Use brackets ( ) for complex search statements
“development economics” AND (migration OR remittances)