This guide is for students and staff on the following courses:
Collectively known as periodicals - academic journals, magazines and newspapers - are a critical source of up-to-date information and analysis. You can search for periodical content on Library Search, or on databases.
Database is a generic term used to refer to a range of online resources, not all of which are - strictly speaking - databases.
It can be confusing, so the main types of database are described below:
Indexes/bibliographies - collect metadata (e.g. abstracts) of information sources and provides links to those sources, which may or may not be available via a subscription the university holds. Examples: Google Scholar; Art Bibliographies Modern
Full-text databases - same as an index, but supplies the 'full text' of some publications. For example: Art Full Text
Collections/Libraries/Archives - bring together sources (texts, video, or images - or a combination of these). For example: Berg Fashion Library; LinkedIn Learning
Platforms - provide a platform for accessing resources, often publisher-based. For example: Sage Journals; EBSCOhost; Proquest
Data sets - provide access to data. For example: Statista