A Library database is an organised collection of records or items that you can search and browse using a computer or device. Some databases are subject-specific, while others cover a range of subjects.
Databases are mainly used for journals and articles, but can contain items of all different types:
In journal databases, each record contains information which summarises the journal or article.
Many databases contain the full-text of the items as well. Most databases will have the full-text for some items, but not for others. Some databases are entirely full-text; others have none at all.
You can browse a database for relevant material but you can also search using keywords and key phrases. Databases generally have quite sophisticated search functions. See Searching in a Database.
Many databases are available to you via one of four important database platforms. See Databases and Database Platforms.
The A-Z Databases page is the main place to find and access databases.