All Topics Indexes
What the all topics or multidisciplinary databases have in common is that they all cover a wide range of subject areas or more than one discipline.
The trick to selecting an appropriate database is research.
GALILEO provides detailed information via the "more »". Read the information for a database before you dedicate a search to it. A little up-front reading will help you eliminate the databases that don't have what you want. Some examples of brief descriptions of all topics or multidisciplinary databases are show below:
Notice the brief description for both Academic Search Complete Research and Library (at ProQuest) indicate at least some articles are peer-reviewed and all topics are covered.
The Strengths of General & Multi Subject (All Topics) Indexes
The strengths of all topics databases are that they cover many topics and include some full-text articles from popular newspapers and magazines. But if you're looking for academic sources, this isn't always the best place to look.
Remember that more and more databases include full-text articles, and the articles may be from popular magazines or scholarly journals. When you get a list of results from a search, determine if the periodical is scholarly or popular. For those databases that include scholarly journals and popular magazines, you can check peer-reviewed to limit your search. However, peer reviewed articles are not always scholarly. If you cannot decide, and your research requires scholarly sources, ask a librarian or your instructor.