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FEBE - Quality and Operations Management: Databases & Finding Articles

Information Resources for Quality and Operations Management

What is a database?

A library database is an online searchable collection of information. Libraries buy subscriptions to databases so students can find useful and interesting information. Library databases contain lots of information ranging from scholarly peer-reviewed articles, newspaper articles, and conference papers.

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
  • Regional databases: Some databases are regional (focus on specific countries/continents. E.g.  SAePublications
  • Databases for older material: JSTOR is an excellent full text source for older information.

How Do I Access a Database

Go to the Library Homepage.

  • Under Library Resources, click on Databases
  • Select the required database from the list by scrolling down to the relevant title, or
  • Click on the arrow under Choose Subject
  • Click on the relevant database from the list that appears.
  • Some databases are multidisciplinary and some are subject specific.
  • Some databases only have bibliographic information, whilst others have a summary of the article.
  • Full text databases provide access to the article in HTML or PDF format.
  • Select the PDF format because it is easier to quote, as it has the page numbers for the articles.