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Using databases for your subject

For more specialist searching use an online database

What are online databases?

Databases are specialist search engines that search for quality information, such as journals articles, in specific subject areas.

The databases below are relevant for your subject.  Hover over the title for a description and the icons to see what help is available.

For help searching the databases contact your librarians. Details on the Home page.

Please note that all databases are provided for educational use only

Accessing Electronic Resources Off-Campus

In order to use online databases and ejournals off-campus you will need to login with a username and password.  This will normally be your IT username and password.  For more information click on the link below.

Find it@tees

When you see the findit@tees button next to a journal reference in any of our online resources, you can click on it and a search across our electronic subscriptions takes place to find the full text.

Online Database Searching

When you search online databases for information on your topic you need to be methodical. The document below will help you plan your search strategy and identify keywords:

How to evaluate an article

"How do I know if the information I have found is relevant and/or appropriate?"

Basic evaluation takes into consideration an article's:

  • Relevance
  • Authority
  • Currency

Examine the article and consider the following points:

  • Is the journal the article appears in of significant academic standing for this level? Where did you find the article? (Database, references etc.)
  • Who wrote the paper and what is their expertise. Are the authors experts in the field (Academics, industry professional) and have they written other published articles?
  • Is the article current, does the date of the article matter for this subject area?


Help - journal articles

The following guides will help you to develop your skills in finding journal articles:

Finding Journals

Critical thinking - what it is and why it matters.

Doing a Literature Search

Developing Keywords