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.
Find more databases by browsing the database list by subject.
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*
Databases may look different but how you apply your search strategy to them is often very similar. This video shows you how to search the database Academic Search Premier (via EBSCOhost) and Scopus.
Shows how to apply your search in Scopus. [Low quality version of video available]
Other videos in this series:
Journals are the primary medium for scholarly communication.
They account for a large percentage of university research output and:
Journals contain and are generally published on a regular basis (e.g. issues are released monthly, bi-monthly, quarterly etc.). They can be found via
Remember to evaluate! Just as with books, there are different types of of journals. Not all journals are suitable for your assignments.
Some anatomy and physiology journals
Some Australian health journals: