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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.
Discover - use to search for books, ebooks, journals, individual journal articles, images, and other types of information sources all at the same time. It is a useful place to start your literature searching, though it doesn't search all our resources (some of the databases and online resources are not searched by Discover) and sometimes the number of results Discover gives can be overwhelming.
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.
Library's electronic databases page provides a complete list of all our databases with brief details of subject coverage and access information. You may also find it useful to look at other
subject help pages for details of more subject specific databases.
Looking for a specific journal? Use our E-journals by title search.
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