Databases are collections of references to journal articles from many journals, chapters in books, reviews, conference proceedings,reports & in some cases, dissertations & theses.Online databases are most useful for finding articles when you do not know in which journals articles are published.
Different types of databases:
- Bibliographic databases: only refer you to the article, they do not supply the article itself.
- Abstracting databases: Some databases not only include the bibliographic details of an article, but also a summary of the article.
- Full-text databases: Some databases supply the full-text of a document.
- Multidisciplinary databases: Multidisciplinary databases like can be used for any subject, e.g. EBSCOhost; Taylor & Francis
- Subject specific databases: Subject specific databases are very useful for topics within a subject, Knovel
- Databases for older material: JSTOR is an excellent full text source for older information.