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HCS406 Research Skills Guide: Use Journal Databases

Why Should You Use Journal Databases?

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 A-Z Databases page.

Databases are grouped into subject areas. The Humanities, Social Work & Human Services databases will be particularly useful for your study.

Activity: Journal databases

In the ProQuest Social Science Journals database, login and search using the same keywords combinations you tried in Primo Search:

  • "three generations" AND "human rights"
  • "social work practice" AND "human rights"

Look at the search results:

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