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Understanding Databases

A guide to help you navigate online databases.

Introduction - What is a Database?

A library database is an organised collection of records or items that you can search and browse using a computer or device. Some databases are subject-specific, while others cover a range of subjects.

Databases are mainly used for journals and articles, but can contain items of all different types:

  • scholarly journals and articles  
  • eBooks
  • theses and dissertations
  • videos
  • images

It is important to remember that while databases mostly hold full-text for some items, other items they may not. Some databases are entirely full-text; others have none at all.

Use the tabs on the left to explore search tips and general information on individual databases. Some tabs will take you directly to a database's own LibGuide to help you navigate your way around the website.

Where to find A-Z Database List

For direct access, the A-Z Databases page is the main place to find and access databases. It is located in the Find & Access dropdown menu under Databases.

You can:

  • locate a database by its title from an alphabetical list
  • view the list of New / Trial Databases
  • float your mouse over the information icon to display a short description of the database to find which database is relevant to you

Accessing a Database through the Library Hub

Once you have selected the database you wish to explore, the University of Divinity Sign In page will appear. To sign in remotely, use your SSO details (email and password).