Research databases are a great place to start your research and contain the academically rigorous sources that your professors expect. The video below will take you on a quick tour through Web of Science, a STEM focused research database. At the bottom of the page is a list of research databases where you can get started with your research.
Because there are so many library databases, it may feel overwhelming when you are trying to decide where to start. Some databases can have broad coverage and include sources from a number of different disciplines. Other databases might be more narrow in scope, focusing on a particular subject area. Usually it's better to start with a broader database and then later move on to one with a narrower scope as you gather more information. The following databases are a good place to start to find scholarly articles, newspaper articles, research data, and more: