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:
Find books by searching the Library Catalogue
Search example: drugs metabolism
Ebooks only? - select Show only: Full Text Online
Common title? Add extra information (e.g. author's surname), or try the Advanced Search.
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.
Books can be good for finding background information and related research on your topic. Use them to find in-depth information, or put your topic into context with other important issues.
Tip: Find more by searching the Library Catalogue using the keywords: dictionary, handbook or encyclopedia
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: