Databases

  • This list contains details of electronic databases available to Oxford Brookes staff and students on the web. Databases allow you to search for references for journal articles and other publications and sources in your subject area. Some databases provide an indexing service only, some also provide abstracts (summaries) and others are full text. For more information on using these services see Finding books and journals and using databases. The Library also provides direct access to many full text electronic journals

    Note: Databases are usually available on and off-campus. Most will prompt you to log in with your Brookes ID and password. Your PIP page (Personal Information Page) provides details of passwords for resources not covered by this.

    Key databases

    • ACM Digital Library - full text of every article ever published by ACM and bibliographic citations from major publishers in computing
    • Box of Broadcasts - an online archive giving you access to thousands of recorded radio and TV programmes including films. It allows users to record programmes which will then be stored on the database.
    • IEEE Xplore Digital Library - high quality technical literature published since 1988 in the fields of engineering and technology. Includes journal articles, transactions, conference proceedings and standards.
    • Lynda.com - online video tutorials covering software, technology, creative and business skills. Digital Media Production students will be added as users and will need to respond to an email in order to activate their account. 

    Also useful

    • Academic Search Complete - a multi-disciplinary database that indexes a wide variety of journals including film and computing.
    • Communication & Mass Media Complete - useful for aspects, especially social and cultural but some technology, of virtual reality, film, television and computer games. Good for information about audiences.
    • Factiva - international news database covering 152 countries in 22 languages. Includes national and local newspapers as well as trade and professional publications. Also good for company information.
    • Film Scripts Online Series - scripts and authorised versions of copyrighted screenplays. Also provides detailed information about scenes, characters and people, including score composers, related to the films.
    • Performing Arts Periodicals Database - a key database for Film Studies but also includes articles on computer games and television.
    • RILM abstracts of music literature - covers material published since 1967. Good for digital and all aspects of soundtracks for film and television. Well worth a look.
    • ScienceDirect Freedom Collection - contains about 1800 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