What is a database?
A library database helps you find academic literature such as:
- journal articles
- conference papers
- book chapters
- reference information (facts, statistics, background information)
as well as magazine and newspaper articles.
They are searchable online and often cover specific subject or discipline areas.
Many of the documents found in our databases cannot be found by searching the internet (e.g. with Google), as access has been paid for by the library. In addition, the information is more likely to be reliable and more thoroughly researched than material found on the Internet.
Where do I find databases?
How to search databases
Library databases, ejournal and ebook collections all work in different ways. The best thing to do when you go to a database for the first time is to have a look at the Help information. Sometimes they will have online tutorials or guides to searching that will help you make the best use of that particular database.
Take a look at our Advanced Database Searching guide.
Most library databases will provide full text (access to the entire document to read, print or save). However, some will only include a summary or a citation (also called a reference). In these cases, look for a Findit icon near the citation:
Findit allows you to check whether we have access to the full text in any of our other databases or whether we have a print version in one of our libraries. To use this service, click on the Findit icon and follow the instructions on the screen.