Databases provide access to up to date research in your field, which you may need to use in your own research projects and assignments. Such information will not always be found in textbooks, or provided for you by tutors.
The databases you can use are listed on the databases section on the external user computers. You can also find them on the Library subject pages, although you may not be able to access all of those listed.
Before you start to search databases, write down all the words that you can think of that relate to your topic; there are often lots of different ways of saying the same thing. For example, if you were doing a search on fish and chips, you might come up with a number of alternative search terms:
Searching similar keywords in different databases may reveal other terminology you may not have considered.
To help with this process you can download our Topic Search plan to fill out with your topic question, keywords and phrases which helps you to build your search and locate relevant information quickly.
Divide them into groups of words that:
Remember the rules for AND, OR and NOT:
This resource explores some of the key features of subject databases, demonstrating that while they can initially appear daunting and complicated, they can be as easy to use as any online shopping site
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