What are Databases?

    • Academic equivalents of Google and other search engines  
    • Instead of searching the Web, they search through collections of journal articles (and sometimes books, book chapters, reports and other published material)
    • Find references on the topic you type in 
    • Unlike search engines, databases cover printed sources as well as online ones
    • Focus on scholarly, academic and peer-reviewed material for your assignments and research 

    You can use our LibrarySearch search (on the Library home page) to do a general search for journal articles. However, LibrarySearch isn't Education-specific, so you may get lots of irrelevant hits from other subjects.

    If you search our Education databases instead, you'll get results more focused on Education.

    All our databases give you search results which include the full reference (citation) you need to track each article or item down. They usually also have abstracts (summaries) of the articles.

    Our Education databases also give you full text access to most (not all) of the articles. It's possible to limit your database search results to only full text articles.

    Where we don't have full text, you'll see a LinkWorldcat Link option, which checks for you whether Brookes Library has an online version of the reference you have found, and provides a direct link to it if we do.

    When you click on the button, the Link results menu will open, usually in a new browser window. If full text is available online, the results screen will offer one or more links to full text sources. Follow the link to get to the full text.

    Remember that the LibrarySearch contains details of print journal titles, but does not contain details of individual journal articles (you need the databases for that).

    Which databases should I use?

    Guides and help for searching