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A-Z Databases

Find the best library databases for your research.


New / Trial Databases

The following databases are newly acquired or being evaluated for a future subscription.
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Academic Search Ultimate offers access to resources cited in key subject indexes. The combination of academic journals, magazines, periodicals, reports, books and videos meets the needs of scholars in virtually every discipline ranging from astronomy, anthropology, biomedicine, engineering, health, law and literacy to mathematics, pharmacology, women’s studies, zoology and more.
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Business Source Ultimate offers an unprecedented wealth of peer-reviewed, full-text journals and other resources that provide historical information and current trends in business that spark discussion on future developments and changes in the business world
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Emerald manages a portfolio of nearly 300 journals and over 2,350 books and book series volumes across a broad range of subject areas, including Sociology, Health and Social Care, Public Policy, Business and Marketing.
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Informit is an Australian database providers covering A+ Education, Australian Public Affairs-FT, Business, Families & Society, Health, Humanities & Social Sciences, Indigenous and Literature & Culture Collection.
Scopus is the largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature: scientific journals, books and conference proceedings. Delivering a comprehensive overview of the world's research output in the fields of science, technology, medicine, social sciences, and arts and humanities, Scopus features smart tools to track, analyze and visualize research.

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What is a database?

RMIT (2012). What is a library database? [Video file]. Retrieved from

Keyword search

To effectively search and find results in databases:

  1. Define your topic
  2. Choose keywords
  3. Choose a database
  4. Play around with your keywords
  5. Understand what your results mean - too many? too few? etc
  6. Refine your search
  7. Be persistent

Remember, getting good results will take many attempts - be prepared to try many variations on your search approach before you get to your goal.

We explore each of these steps in this guide.

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Google Scholar


Google Scholar

About Google Scholar

Google Scholar provides a simple way to broadly search for scholarly literature, such as articles, theses, books, abstracts and court opinions, from academic publishers, professional societies, online repositories, universities and other web sites.