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 (such as CINAHL), 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:
Journals are the primary medium for scholarly communication and account for a large percentage of university research output. They:
Journals are generally published on a regular basis (e.g. issues are released monthly, bi-monthly, quarterly etc.).
Remember to evaluate! Just as with books, there are different types of of journals. Not all journals are suitable for your assignments.
Some Australian journals
Books can provide:
...and much more comprehensive coverage of a topic than a webpage. Many books in the Library's collection are written or edited by people with expertise in the relevant field.
There are a number of different types of books that you may need to use. For example:
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.
Find books and videos by searching the Library catalogue.
An ebook is a digital book. It functions just like a traditional print book, but it can be enhanced with technology to make it connected and interactive.
Ebooks are accessed through the internet and read using computers, tablets, smartphones or ereaders.
To find ebooks you can limit your results by Format: Books, then Show only: Full text Online
For help finding, using and downloading UniSA Library ebooks see the:
A subject search in the Library catalogue may help focus your search and find relevant results.
Search in the subject field by changing the drop-down menu from All Fields to Subject. For example:
UniSA’s new ‘Talking Papers’ video series profiles our academics discussing their high-impact research in a manner that is easily understandable by non-discipline experts. The first release includes:
Databases may look different but how you apply your search strategy to them is often very similar.
This video shows you how to apply your search to the database Academic Search Premier (via EbscoHost) and Scopus. [Low quality version of video available]
Shows you how to search CINAHL (via EbscoHost). [Low quality version of video available]
Shows how to apply your search in Scopus. [Low quality version of video available]