Bibliographic databases collect and organize references to published literature within a particular discipline or in a particular format. For Scandinavian Studies, consider starting with an interdisciplinary database like Academic Search Complete, or select a discipline-centered database that covers your topic. Bibliographic databases are generally the best tool for finding scholarly articles but also include references to non-scholarly articles, books, book chapters, newspaper articles, etc. Links often provide direct access to full text--if not, look up the journal or book title in UW Libraries Search for access information.
Selected article databases with international coverage, including the Nordic countries, across a variety of disciplines.
Unlike the other resources on this page, Google Scholar is not a database. It is a search engine which crawls the web and since it is not curated (as databases are), results can be messy and there are not as many options to refine a search. Use Google Scholar to find a known item or conduct a search where databases fail you. Because it is not based in a discipline like most databases, you may need to be more specific with keywords and it is of limited utility when doing a broader, exploratory search.