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National Scholarship Support

Use this guide to help get your research started when applying for competitive national and national scholarships.

Find Sources in Your Discipline

While the gold box on the library's homepage is a good place to find preliminary information on your research problem, subject-specific databases (collections of articles) will be more useful for your advanced research needs.

1. To access these databases, peruse the list of subjects:

2. Next, identify the disciplines your research project falls under. Think broadly; researchers investigating the example topics below would look at databases in the following disciplines:

  • representation of black female background dancers in hip hop music videos:  diversity, gender, race, and ethnicity; sociology; arts, performing
  • brain drain of German doctors to other countries:  history; sociology; medicine; nursing
  • the effects of childhood autonomy over school and leisure time:  education; medicine; public health; psychology

3. Click a topic and then choose a sub-topic (as pictured below):

For example, a topic might be Public Health, while the subtopic might be Health Disparities

4. This will take you to a research guide listing the best databases and other resources on your topic, as well as listing the librarian who specializes in that research discipline.

Added bonus: each one will direct you to a librarian who specializes in research in that discipline!