Friday, 1 July 2016

How to Access Databases


How To Access Databases

Finding databases is a very simple process:
  • To choose a specific database you type the database name into the search box on the library homepage. 
  • To see what databases are available on a specific topic you need to go to the list on the Subject Support pages.
  • You will need to use the 'Including Articles' functionality for cross searching across different databases. Remember, you have to be signed in first for this to work.
  • If you want to find certain types of databases, e.g. reference, statistics, etc., then on the catalogue page choose 'Browse Search'. On the new page, choose 'By subject' in the drop-down list, and then type "databases [type]". So "databases reference" would bring a list of the reference resources the Library subscribes to:

Note that links to Online Tutorials can be found on the right hand side under 'Details'

Making Your Own Database Lists In The Catalogue

Your Subject Support pages already have comprehensive lists of relevant databases in your discipline.
However, you might want to create a list of resources from other disciplines. It's very easy to do this:

  • Sign into your Library Account in the catalogue as always
  • Search for the database you want to save
  • When the search results appear, you'll see a star beside every result. Just click on the star and the database will save to your e-shelf. Simple!

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