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Databases are the academic equivalent of Google and other search engines. Searching a database will help you find journal articles (and sometimes books, book chapters, reports and other published materials) that are scholarly, academic and peer-reviewed, and suitable for your assignments and research.
Academic Search Complete - a huge multidisciplinary database indexing some 9,300 journals; over half of its articles have links to full text.
JSTOR - this database provides an archive of full-text articles from academic journals covering a wide range of humanities, social sciences and science disciplines. It does not, however, include full-text access to the most recent three to five years of many journals, so researchers looking for relatively new
material may wish to use other databases such as Academic Search Complete.
Zetoc - British Library's electronic table of contents. Covers about 20,000 current journals and conference proceedings published since 1993, and is updated daily. Note that records do not have abstracts; only bibliographic details are given.
Cite Them Right Online shows you how to reference a wide range of resources using Harvard and other referencing styles. It also gives guidance on how to avoid plagiarism.
Citing references in your work and plagiarism
Library printed guide to citing your references using the Harvard (Author-Date) system (
EndNote: reference management software for assisting with studying, research and creating bibliographies
Teach yourself: library guides, 'how to' videos and literature searching