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COM120 Research Skills Guide: Use 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. You can use whichever of the groups seems the most relevant to your research.


Open one of the Information Technology subject area databases in a new window. Log in and try searching for some of the keywords from our Smartphones topic – e.g. smartphone AND preference.

  • Did you get less results than Primo Search and Google Scholar? Being an Information Technology 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.

journal articles & library databases

How to search EBSCOhost databases