Library databases are search tools (large indexes) that help you find evidence based literature in journal articles, conference papers, reports, book chapters and more. They can be discipline specific (such as Medline), or multidisciplinary (such as Scopus).
Scholarly references are best found in databases.
Some key databases include:
Journals are the primary medium for scholarly communication. They account for a large percentage of university research output and publish issues on a regular basis (e.g. monthly, quarterly). They:
UniSA Library provides online access to hundreds of journals relating to laboratory medicine.
Remember to evaluate! Just as with books, there are different types of of journals. Not all journals are suitable for your assignments.
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.
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 by searching the Library catalogue.