A journal database is an organised collection of information records that can be accessed electronically. An information record is a description of a resource. An information record from a journal database might contain the following parts:
Here is an example of an article record in the Wiley Online Database:
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 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 button will allow you to check if the article is available elsewhere.
How do journal databases work?
Before journals could be accessed electronically they were printed in individual issues and could be viewed within the reference section of the library. However, these days many, if not most, journals are available online.
Some online journals are open access, which means anyone can go to their website and access them for free. However, most online journals require you to pay to access their articles, which can be very expensive. To help you, the Library pays to access thousands of journals on your behalf.
The table below might help explain some of the terminology you will have heard about online journals:
|An author writes an article and submits it to a journal. Also referred to as a journal article.|
|Journal||Journals review and publish selected articles. This is where the peer review process may occur, which you will learn more about later|
|Database||A database is a collection of journal article records - these records contain information such as the article title, journal title, publication details, and the article abstract. They may also include a copy of the article itself.|
|Vendor||Vendors provide access to databases. Some databases are accessible through more than one vendor.|
|Library||The Library pays a subscription to vendors to access their databases.|
|You||You log on via the Library's website to access the information you need for your assignments.|
You can find the Library's databases on the Journal Databases page.
Databases are grouped into subject areas. The Animal & Vet Sciences collection will be particularly useful for your study.
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