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What is the difference between a database and a database platform?
A DATABASE is an organised collection of information records that can be accessed electronically. In the Library this includes databases which have:
journal article (and other) citations, where there is no full-text;
journal article (and other) citations, where all records have the full-text attached;
a mixture of the first two above (this is the most common);
other types of records, eg. videos, images, or listings of people or companies.
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 databases they contain
CINAHL Plus with Full Text
Health Source: Nursing/Academic Edition
Rural & Remote Health
Nursing and Allied Health Source
It is important to realise that, once you are in one of the database platforms, you can search across a number of databases at the same time. In some cases, the Library provides a package of subject-related databases that are in the same platform. Two examples of this are: