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Effective database searching

A guide to using databases, and effective search techniques.

A laptop and diaryWe subscribe to a wide range of databases. These come in three main types. A database can cover:

  • various subject areas (Web of Science, JSTOR)
  • specific subject areas (Royal Society of Chemistry, PhilPapers)
  • specific types of publication (Proquest Dissertations and Theses, U.K. Parliamentary Papers).

See the links below for lists of databases in particular subjects, along with an A-Z list of all our databases.

When you click on a particular database through the Library website, you will be taken to an introductory webpage highlighting its key features and topics/dates. We have also included links to support pages and advice on using reference management software with each database. Use these pages to judge whether a particular database is appropriate for your search.

For more help, contact your Academic Liaison Librarian.