Library Databases: What you need to know

Just one more scholarly source and you can finish your paper… We all know that feeling when you’re on a seemingly endless search to find an article that will complete your paper and Google just isn’t cutting it. Whether you’re a planner or a procrastinator, say goodbye to caffeinated late night resource scrolling and hello to your new best friend: Databases!

A library database is an organised collection of electronic resources that you can search and browse using a computer or device. Databases provide a plethora of materials that can strengthen your study and research projects. Fortunately, for all our staff and students at the University of Divinity, the Library Hub buys subscriptions to a number of databases that are made available through the Library Hub website.

There are two primary categories of databases that you will find at the Library Hub: general databases and specialised databases. If you are just beginning your research, a general database, such as JSTOR or Informit, can help guide your initial search as they are multidisciplinary and draw from a wide range of journals. However, if you are already well on your way with your research, a specialised database will provide more relevant information.

For all our history buffs, check out the brand new Bloomsbury History: Theory and Method database. It explores the theory, methods and historiography which underpin history as a discipline.

For our Biblical scholars, Ministry Matters and Theology & Religion Online both provide commentaries and other resources to support research and study in theology, Biblical studies, religious studies.

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