Database of the Month

This Valentine’s Day, why not spend a little time with your favourite dheartatabase?

Me? I totally *heart* Academic Search Complete, and here’s why…

This database packs a punch!
With over 5,000 journals in it you can search a huge amount of content in one quick easy search.

Massive appeal.
This database covers lots of different subject areas: Education, Politics, Health-related topics, Sociology, and anything related to the Social Sciences.

It’s got some great friends.
Ebsco, the publisher of Academic Search Complete, also publishes a number of other databases, which you can search together. This not only improves your search, but saves you crucial time when searching for literature. Other Ebsco databases to look out for are:

  • Business Source Premier – a key Business databases
  • PsycINFO & PsycARTICLES – key Psychology databases
  • CINAHL Plus & MEDLINE – key health-related databases
  • British Education Index & ERIC – key Education databases
  • SportDiscus – key Sport database
  • Any many more…

To search any of these, from the Library Homepage, simply:

  • Follow the link to Databases A-Z
  • Select your database from the A-Z menu, eg Academic Search Complete
  • Once in, look out for the ‘Choose Databases’ link to select which ones you wish to search together.

Search tips. Each database might look a little different, but general tips include:

  • Choose where you want to search for your keywords, eg in the abstract. This will reduce the number of results, and make them more specific.
  • Choose a data range, eg from 2010 onwards. Relevant to some topics more than others, this can really help focus your search.
  • Link similar keywords together using OR, eg youth OR young. This helps you to catch more relevant results, and avoids you having to do two separate searches.

Academic Search complete can do a whole lot more, but for these reasons alone, it’s worth a look.

If you would like to know more, would like some help using it, or would like some suggestions for databases specific to your subject, drop-in and speak to a Subject Liaison Librarian at the LibSmart Desk, open:

  • Mon – Thursday, 1pm – 6pm, and
  • Friday, 1pm – 5pm

Or take a look at our list of Subject guides, available from:
http://www.brunel.ac.uk/services/library/learning/subjects

Alternatively, drop in to one of our LibSmart sessions, a programme of information and digital literacy skills for staff and students.

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