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ENM109 Research Skills Guide: Searching in 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
  • can be 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 Environmental Studies journal databases will be particularly useful for your study.

Databases and Database Platforms

A DATABASE is an organised collection of information records that can be accessed electronically.

A DATABASE PLATFORM is a company which provides access to a number of databases, via a search interface unique to that company, where the databases can be searched/browsed individually or together.

The 4 main database platforms, and examples of Environmental Science databases they contain:

Platform Database
  • GreenFILE
  • ProQuest SciTech Collection
  • ProQuest Science Journals
  • Australian Heritage Bibliography
  • CAB Abstracts

In some cases, the Library provides a package of subject-related databases that are in the same platform. For example:

Online Journal Articles Explained

Journal article and library databases

Understanding journal databases

Need some help with understanding how to use journal databases? See our Database Help Library Resource Guide.

Journal database videos are available on our Charles Sturt University Library YouTube Channel.

Video - How to search ProQuest databases


Go to the list of Environmental Studies databases, and select ProQuest Natural Science Collection.

In the Advanced Search screen, try searching for the history of marine conversation in Australia. Here are your keywords to consider:

"marine conservation" AND australia*
histor* OR past OR background

  • How many results?
  • Look for Full Text - PDF links to access the full text of articles in your results.
  • If there is no link to full text, click on the Find a copy button to check if the article is available elsewhere. Note that, in most databases, this button appear as Find it [@] CSU, but in ProQuest databases it is tagged as Find a copy.