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What is a Database?

The Library uses the term ‘Database’ to describe an electronic collection of research materials - usually including a range of journal, magazine or newspaper articles, conference papers, statistical datasets, and more.

Databases are primarily used to find journals and articles, however they are also used to locate

  • newspapers
  • case studies
  • theses and dissertations
  • videos
  • images
  • company records

Databases are among the most frequently used of all Library eResources. Knowing how to choose the right database for a subject discipline can save time when looking for academic sources.

The video below describes how to choose a database to search. 

Finding & using databases

Your Subject Guide is the best place to start when looking for relevant databases. Liaison Librarians have identified key resources for your study needs, and gathered them into one convenient location.

To access the Subject Guides go to the Library Homepage and select the Learning Tab. Select the relevant Subject Guide  to find a list of databases.  

To locate a complete list of databases go to the Find tab on the library Homepage and select eResources A-Z

When searching through the Library's databases use truncated keywords, for example politic* to search for politic, politics, political, politician, politicians etc. 

For Keyword searching for bone cancer results will include resources for bone and cancer. 

For Phrase searching for "bone cancer" results will include all resources that are related to "bone cancer".  This will refine the search result. 

The eResources webpage provides an alphabetical list all of the Library's eResources, including databases. Each listing has an icon next to it, indicating what type of resource it is, and which can be identified using the legend on the right side of the webpage. The “More” link under each listing will provide you with a brief description of the resource, so that you can choose the best resource for your information needs.

To locate a complete list of databases go to the Find tab on the library Homepage and select eResources A-Z

Use FiNDit to search most Databases from a single search box. Using FiNDit will allow you to quickly locate books, eBooks, journal articles, and more! Learn more about FiNDit: