Databases can help you to search for useful journal articles and other publications in your subject area.
You can use LibrarySearch to find journal articles, but a database may give you additional, useful results. Databases also allow you to be really specific about what you want.
Some of the databases listed below provide abstracts (summaries), whole others are full text (they contain complete articles). Learn more about using LibrarySearch to find a database (PDF). The databases listed below are available to all Brookes staff and students both on and off campus.
If you're not sure which words to put in the search box, this video about choosing search words can help you.
If you want any help with using databases you can ask at the JHB library Help Zone or contact the Academic Liaison Librarian for Geography.
Full text access to over 2200 journals covering physical and environmental sciences as well as medical, health and life sciences. It is particularly useful if you are looking for articles on environmental science, climate change, coastal geography or earth systems.
Access is until the end of 2022.
Web of Science
This database helps you access a wide range of key journals for all aspects of geography. This database is particularly useful for physical and environmental geography.
Contains around 2500 full text journals published by Elsevier, mainly in science, technology and medicine. Full text coverage for most journals in the collection is available from 2002 to present.
Academic Search Complete
A large multidisciplinary database, containing lots of full text articles. This database is particularly useful for human geography.
This database contains journals published by Sage, covering a wide range of subjects within the social sciences, humanities and life sciences.
This database provides an archive of full-text articles from a wide range of academic journals. JSTOR does not give access to issues which are less than 3-5 years old but is very useful for older journal articles
IBSS - International Bibliography of the Social Sciences
IBSS covers a wide range of social science disciplines, and is useful for social or human geography research.
Sociological Abstracts covers a broad range of subjects including aspects of human and social geography. It contains journal information with abstracts so if a result looks useful you'll need to find the full-text of the article elsewhere.