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What is a database?

  • Our Library databases are a collection of searchable information, specific to academic research and writing.
  • Databases are available by paid subscription. This material is often not available for free, or on the free web.
  • A database is a collection of information which can be either interdisciplinary (covering many fields), or focus on a particular subject area.
  • Database information can include journal articles, books, audio visual content, maps, conference proceedings, grey literature and more. Databases differ on what is provided in content types.

Finding a database

1. Use the 'database by title' link in the top navigation menu on MultiSearch.

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2. Type in the title of the database you need.

the title 'proquest' has been typed into the search bar

To search under a category of databases:

  • repeat step one, above
  • look to the left for the alphabetical list of subjects

databases by category showing the first three, accounting, actuarial studies, agriculture

Find out more .... about databases

Databases are effective for:

  • Literature reviews
  • Exploring outputs from a specific author 
  • Assessing the impact of a publication