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Ornithology Research Skills Guide: Journal Databases

What is a database?

Journal databases are collections of journals, articles, conference papers, reports, and more, generally arranged by subject. Some will only list abstracts of their collection – ie, they will tell you about the item, but you have to find it somewhere else - and some will hold the item itself. The strength of journal databases is that they are subject specific, they have many options for expanding or refining your search results, and they will link between themselves, so that an abstract found on one database can help you find the full text if it is held elsewhere.

Charles Sturt University subscribes to many Journal Databases on your behalf. These databases have been categorised by subject area to help you find what you're looking for more effectively. There are also some journal databases that Primo Search and Google Scholar cannot search.

 

Searching in a database

What databases to use for Ornithology

Try it now

Go to the ProQuest database, and try typing in the keywords – habitat; genetic; health (you may need to sign in first with your CSU username and password)

  • Notice the number of results you get? Much less than Primo Search and Google Scholar? Being a Science database, you should find these much 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 at CSU button to check if the article is available elsewhere.