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Databases: Welcome



What is a Library Database?


A website that contains organised data. E-books, journal articles, book reviews, magazine articles, images, newspaper articles or streaming video. Search them using subject terms, author, title or keywords.

Why not just use a search engine like Google?

Anyone can write content for the web. It might be biased, inaccurate or illegal. If you are using Google, you will need to learn to evaluate your sources

What about Google Scholar?

Google Scholar is excellent if used in the correct way, linked to the library and if you double-check if the article is peer-reviewed etc. You still have to be careful using articles from Google Scholar. (see article link below)

You should use library databases. They don't need payment. Librarians and Lecturers chose the databases to suit your courses.  Pubmed will ask for a credit card for full text. The same article could be in full text through one of the library databases and will not need payment.