Databases consist of records that describe the contents of resources such as scientific journal articles, reports, conference proceedings, book chapters, newspaper or magazine articles, and other resources. Some databases include the full text of some or all of the included resources, but many only contain information about the resources such as title, author(s), source or publisher, volume and issue, page numbers, abstracts or summaries, keywords or descriptors, and links. Using a database enables you to search across all of its records at once.
Subject focus: A database can be focussed on a particular subject area (e.g., PubMed for biomedical journal articles, BIOSIS Previews for resources on organismal biology) or cover many disciplines (e.g., Web of Science for the sciences, social sciences, and arts and humanities). A database may focus on one resource type (e.g., Dissertations and Theses; Access World News) or may include many different resource types (e.g., Academic Search Complete).
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To find relevant information on a topic you may need to use more than one database. Click on the link below to see a list of databases with descriptions:
Search engines and discovery services:
Examples of search engines and discovery services: