A journal database is an organised collection of information records that can be accessed electronically.
While you may use a variety of source types in your literature review and/or research report, you will find scholarly journal articles form an important part of your research, which is why it is important for you to feel confident when searching journal databases.
An information record in a journal database can contain:
Databases often cover specific subject areas and the Library has grouped its databases into subject areas for your convenience. You can find the Library's databases on the A-Z Databases page. Browse these databases by title, discipline or vendor.
In this guide we will look at the Education & Teaching databases, but you may find that there are databases in other disciplines that are relevant to your research, depending on your topic.
Your lecturer particularly recommends the Springer, SAGE and Informit databases, all of which can be located in the Education & Training databases list (and are linked to below).
Other notable databases include the EBSCOhost Education Research Complete database and the ProQuest Theses & Dissertations database.
Most databases provide the option to save your searches and set up alerts to help you keep up to date with the latest research. To do this you will need to create an account within a database which is separate from your Charles Sturt University login.
To find out how to set this up within different databases see the Library's Keep up to date with the literature website.
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 button will allow you to check if the article is available elsewhere.