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COM116 Library Research Skills Guide: Use Journal Databases

WHAT IS A DATABASE?

Journal databases are collections of journals, articles, conference papers, reports, and more, generally arranged by subject.  The strength of journal databases is that  they have many options for expanding or refining your search results, and they will link between themselves, so that an abstract found on one database can help you find the full text if it is held elsewhere.

CSU subscribes to many Databases on your behalf. These databases have been categorised by subject area to help you find what you're looking for more effectively. There are also some journal databases that Primo Search cannot search.

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 A-Z Databases page.

Databases are grouped into subject areas. The Communication & Creative Industries list will be particularly useful for your study.

TRY IT NOW

Go to the Communication & Mass Media Complete database, and try typing in "Public relations" (you may need to sign in first with your CSU username and password).

  • Did you get less results than Primo Search?  Being a Communications database, they should be more relevant to your 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 at CSU button to check if the article is available elsewhere.

Searching in a database

Key Communication Journal Databases