What is a "database?"
A database is an organized collection of computer records.
In a library or research database each record matches an article in a newspaper, magazine or journal; a book; a DVD; etc.. The records found in these library databases contain the same information as "citations."
The full-text for the article is not always available online; sometimes you might have to look for the print copy or request the article from interlibrary loan.
- What is a library database video?A fun link to a full description of a library database.
Databases for finding articles
The library provides access to over 100 different databases to help you find articles.
Start with Academic Search Complete or Academic OneFile, databases that cover the most subject areas and have both full-text scholarly and popular articles.
- Academic Search Complete This link opens in a new windowOne of our largest databases with a search screen common to over 50 databases.
- Academic OneFile This link opens in a new windowHome to nearly 13,000 indexed journals, a comprehensive, up-to-date and easy-to-use database for serious academic research. Provided by NOVEL NY.
- Find Articles webpageUse to locate databases by:
General interest when you are not sure where to start.
Can you walk me through finding articles?
- What is a database? (Video)This short video gives a good overview of what a database is (in an Australian accent).
- Article Lookup by CitationUse this tool to search our databases for full text. If we don't have it you can easily request it through Interlibrary Loan.
- Generating KeywordsThis tool from UT Austin will help you plan your search strategies before you begin using databases.
Last Updated: Feb 10, 2023 11:48 AM