Library databases are search tools for finding articles, papers, reports, book chapters and more. Scholarly references are best found in databases.
Databases can be discipline specific (such as CAB Abstracts) or multidisciplinary (such as Academic Search Premier). Many contain full text material, or the reference and abstract only.
Key databases starters:
Search the Library Catalogue to find books
Example topic search: cardiovascular exercise
Finding ebooks only: Limit your results by Format: Books, and then Show Only: Full Text Online
Journals are the primary medium for scholarly communication. They account for a large percentage of university research output.
Databases may look different but how you apply your search strategy to them is often very similar.
The following video shows you how to search CINAHL (via the EbscoHost platform). Apply the skills you learn by watching this video to other EbscoHost databases, such as CAB Abstracts and Academic Search Premier.
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Shows how to apply your search in Scopus. [Low quality version of video available]