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CHM321 Research Skills Guide: Journal Databases

Why Should You Use Journal Databases?

Journal databases:

  • Are the best source of academic or scholarly information for your assessments
  • help you locate peer reviewed articles
  • Are subject specific, so that you get more relevant results
  • Have many options for refining results

You can find the Library's databases on the Journal Databases page.

Databases are grouped into subject areas. The Science databases will be particularly useful for this subject.


Go to the Academic Search Complete database, and try searching for  – "chemical laborator*" AND hazard* OR safety (quotation marks "" are used to search for a phrase, asterisk * is a truncation symbol used to search for variations of a word, AND is used to combine concepts & OR is used to search simultaneously for synonyms, for more information please see the Search Techniques page).

Alternatively, you could try searching for the key concepts you have identified from your own assessment topic.

  • Look at the HTML and PDF links to access the full text of the article.
  • If you cannot find the full text click on the Find it button to check if the article is available elsewhere.

Searching in a database

News Databases

Other Useful Databases

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