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ESL173 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 journal databases on the A-Z 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 IT & Computing databases in a new window. Log in and try searching for some of the keywords from our list of keywords e.g. Facebook AND fake news.

  • 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.

Searching in a database