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Important databases

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LIBRARY SYSTEMS DOWNTIME (13-14 December 2012): Having problems connecting to our e-resources? Consult this list for details on how to link out to our subscribed databases and e-book collections.



Databases contain collections of e-journals and e-books. Some publishers, for example Elsevier, supply e-journals and e-books on one database - ScienceDirect. However, the library subscribes to over 300 databases so those listed on this page are just a fraction available to you. If you are preparing a literature review for a thesis or dissertation you are advised to search all databases relevant to your subject.


There are 2 easy ways of finding out the databases (and other resources) that cover your subject:

  1. use our portal to e-resources, Primo. Guides and worksheets on how to use Primo are listed at the bottom of this page.
  2. look up library Subject A-Z pages - they list resources by subject area.




Subjects covered
ABI/INFORM COMPLETE   business, management, accounting, finance 
ATLA (see EBSCOHost databases)


Go to Primo, open Advanced Search, then Find Database; type ATLA in the search box; then SEARCH

British Education Index

(use Primo)

education and training from early years to older adults; relevant training and management literature

Go to Primo, open Advanced Search, then Find Database; type BEI in the search box; then SEARCH
ProQuest databases  arts and humanities, computer science, engineering and technology, environmental sciences, life sciences, social sciences
e-books in full text covering all subjects
EBSCOhost databases

agriculture, economics, education, environment, geology, information science, psychology, religion, social sciences, sports science

Can see full list of EBSCOhost databases on Primo:

Login to Primo; open Advanced Search, then Find Database; type EBSCO in the search box; then SEARCH

Google Scholar all subjects - a search engine not a database, but not comprehensive coverage
NOTE: do not use this search engine as you only source of information
JSTOR archive business, general science, history, literature, social sciences
LexisLibrary law (mostly full text case reports, legislation, treaties, journal articles); newspapers
Medline biomedical sciences, clinical medicine, pathology, surgery etc.
ScienceDirect sciences, medicine, some social sciences
Scopus all subjects, strong in sciences and engineering
SpringerLink e-books: covers science, technologyedicine, published since 2005
Web of Science all subjects
Westlaw UK law (mainly full text case reports, legislation, treaties, journal articles; covers UK, EU, US and international legal materials)



Information guides: Arts & Humanities

Information guides: Business

Information guides: Education

Information guides: Law

Information guides: Medicine & Medical Sciences

Information guides: Physical Sciences

Information guides: Social Sciences

Web page: Subject A-Z

Web page: Setting up your computer for off-campus access to databases

Wiki page: How to set up off campus access to electronic resources

Wiki page: How to identify databases relevant to your subject

Worksheets: for Primo, ebrary, SpringerLink, Guides to using databases Guides to using databases Scopus, Web of Science (Web of Knowledge) etc. available in the Worksheets folder in the Pages and Files section of this wiki.

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