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GER401 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, because they:

  • Can help you locate peer reviewed articles;
  • Are subject specific, so that you get more relevant results; and
  • 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 Allied Health list will be particularly useful for your study, and so will the Social Sciences list.

These databases are good options if you want to get started:


Choose a database, login with your Charles Sturt University username and password if prompted, and search for elderly AND diversity

  • Because this is a Health or Social Sciences database, the results should be more relevant to your topic, even if you get less results than when your searched in Primo Search and Google Scholar.
  • 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.

Full Text

Sometimes you will read that a database is 'full text', or that an article can be found in 'full text'. 'Full text' means that the entire document is available online. When a database carries an article in full text there will be a hyperlink to view it as either a PDF or html document. Not all journal databases contain full text.

If an article is not available in full text you may be able to locate it in another database. Clicking on the Find it CSU button will allow you to check if the article is available elsewhere. 

Searching journal databases

In the Social Sciences databases page you will find several ProQuest and EBSCOhost databases. Take a look at the videos below to learn how to search within these databases.

Want to learn more about journal databases?

  • The Library holds a series of Online Library Workshops, some of these focus on journal database searching. 
  • We also have a Databases Help guide that contains a wealth of information on using journal databases.