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BMS105/132 Research Skills Guide: Using Journal Databases

Why Should You Use Journal Databases?

A Journal Database is an organised collection of information records that can be accessed electronically. 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. The Science databases or Medical Sciences & Dentistry will be particularly useful for your study.

Activity

Go to the ProQuest Science Database, login and try typing in  – "Socioeconomic status" AND diet

  • Did you get less results than Primo Search and Google Scholar? Being a Health 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.

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. 

Journal articles and library databases

Searching a database

Scholarly vs popular vs trade journals

This 3 minute video from the Peabody Library at Vanderbilt University talks about the differences between popular and scholarly articles.  It also mentions trade publications.