A multi-disciplinary database, such as Academic Search Complete in EbscoHost, is a good source for topics that don't fall easily into a subject catagory.
In EbscoHost databases:
Other databases like LexisNexis Academic may use the same or different characters for truncation ( !, instead of *) or wild cards (* instead of ?). When searching a database unfamiliar to you, check the the "Help" section of the database to determine the search symbols for that database.
The best use of Search@UW is when you need a large number or a variety of resources. It is also helpful when your research question spans a number of different subjects, making it difficult to choose a single-subject database.
However, not all database content is available through Search@UW. There will also be many instances in which a single-subject database will have enough content that a user will not need the multiple resources connected to Search@UW. In these cases, a single database search may be easier and more efficient.
You can order articles and books from other libraries with Interlibrary Loan. It may take up to a week for articles to arrive, so request items well ahead of your assignment's due date.
Search @UW has full text articles too.