Library databases are search tools for finding articles, papers, reports, book chapters and more. Search by topic, author, or in a specific publication. Scholarly references are best found in databases.
Databases can be discipline specific (SportDiscus), or multidisciplinary (such as Scopus). Many contain full text material, or the reference and abstract only.
Some key databases to search:
Before you search analyse your research question. Consider:
Find different word endings or spellings in databases by using:
Combine your keywords, using the connectors OR / AND, when searching.
breast cancer* OR breast neoplasm* OR breast tumo?r*
mass screening* OR screening program*
Shows how to apply your search in Scopus. [Watch low quality version of video]
Journals are the primary medium for scholarly communication.
They account for a large percentage of university research output and:
Some anatomy and physiology journals
Reference books - includes encyclopedias, handbooks, dictionaries, bibliographies and directories. Consult them to define terms or find specific information. Search for them using the catalogue, like any other book.
Look at the following:
Watch this short Library video for more help:
Find books by searching the Library catalogue.