Library databases

Why use Library databases?

The Library uses the term ‘database’ to describe a searchable online resource. Usually, the Library pays for access, however, some databases are free to use.

Using the databases provided by the Library will help you find reliable information from trusted sources.

How to find databases

  • From the Library home page select the Databases tab.
  • If you know which database you would like to search, use the A-Z finder.
  • If not, select the subject area from the drop down menu to get a list of recommended databases. Choose your subject and click Go.

Databases

Learn more

Example:

Basic search using Proquest Central database

Find the fulltext

Proquest results link to full text

Search tips

Too many results?

  • Make your search terms more specific
  • Use phrase searching e.g. "occupational therapy"
  • Limit by date

Too few results?

  • Remove the least important concept
  • Consider alternative keywords e.g. aged OR elderly OR "older person"
  • Consider truncation e.g. therap* = therapy, therapist, therapists
  • Remove a date limit if you have included one
  • Try another database, e.g. CINAHL or Medline