Research databases are organised collections of digital information or data such as journal articles, books, images and multimedia that can be searched to retrieve information. Databases can be general or subject oriented with bibliographic citations, abstracts, and/or full text.
These databases contain scholarly and peer-reviewed articles written by credible authors, such as journalists, researchers and experts in their field. Since databases provide powerful search tools for narrowing results, users are better able to quickly find the information they need.
Scholarly Databases are a searchable collection of works and resources focused on a specific academic criteria.
Different databases: It's important to note that different databases cover various types of literature. Some focus on books, while others specialise in journal articles, conference papers, or specific types of resources. Exploring different databases can expand the range of literature you can access, so consider utilising multiple databases to conduct comprehensive research.
These focus on a narrow range of subjects, usually closely related. These databases are useful to help focus your search as the resources there are focused on a specific subject and the related concepts. These databases will also allow you to use more subject specific keywords as subject terms.
Use Subject Databases to find articles that are focused on research or discussion around your subject of interest.
Use the FindIt@ECU link to search ECU Library Search for access to these articles.
Academic or Scholarly journals are serial works that have a consistent cover title, and are published at regular intervals. Individual articles may be written by different authors, and are generally related to the topic of the journal. Journal articles generally contain specific and more up-to- date information than is found in books. These journals are published to disseminate research findings and are written to target the scholarly or research community.
Scholarly journals often undergo a peer-review process where experts in the subject area will review the contents of articles to make sure the research process and findings are accurate.
Academic journals will publish a range of articles depending on the research performed. In a journal you may find:
Be sure to check what type of article you have when searching and reading journal articles.
To find these you can:
Be aware that a lot of journals will require you to pay to access. Check if the article is available through ECU Library by searching the title using ECU Library Search.
Some journals may publish using an Open Access model. This means you can freely access these articles without a subscription or logging in.
You can find a list of the Journals available through ECU in our Journal Collection lists.
There are a large range of journals and similar works out there and they may vary in terms of peer-review and quality.
To check whether a journal is peer reviewed you can choose one of the following options:
Academic books provide comprehensive coverage of a topic and offer extensive background information, theoretical frameworks, and in-depth analysis. They often provide a broader perspective and can be valuable for understanding complex subjects and historical context. Book chapters, on the other hand, allow you to focus on specific aspects of a broader topic.
To find these you can:
Trade publications are industry-specific magazines that cater to professionals within a particular field. They offer practical insights, case studies, and industry trends. While they may not be as scholarly as journals, they provide valuable information on current practices, emerging trends, and real-world applications of research.
To find these you can:
Newspaper articles provide current and timely information on a wide range of topics. They cover a variety of subjects, including local, national, and international news, politics, business, culture, and more. Newspaper articles can be useful for gathering recent information, diverse perspectives, and understanding public opinion on a particular issue.
Videos or television clips can offer visual and auditory content that enhances your understanding of a topic. They provide access to interviews, documentaries, news reports, and other media presentations. TV clips can be especially helpful for topics that benefit from visual demonstrations or when studying media representation and communication.
ECU Library's collection of databases indexes a wide range of journals, ebooks, conference papers, and standards in multiple disciplines. Click on the button below our Library Search box to access the ECU database listings:
There are almost 300 databases to choose from. Narrow down by subject or database type. If you know which one you need you can also search for it:
If you don't know where to start use the Subjects drop down menu at the top of the screen to find a Subject Library Guide for your school of study.
The Librarian for your school has chosen a selection of databases relevant to your topic area:
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