A database is a collection of information resources (journal articles, books, book chapters etc) organised so it can be easily searched, accessed, managed and updated.
Databases help you to find high quality, up-to-date journal articles that have been published by respected publishers and publications.
If you have been asked to find scholarly articles for your assignment, you will need to search the library catalogue or more importantly, a database! For more information, check out the following YouTube videos:
How to find databases?
You can access Curtin's list of Databases via the Databases list or via LibGuides. (Look for the Database tab).
These will help expand your understanding of databases and show you how to search effectively.
It is important that you spend some time creating a search strategy before attempting to search a library database.
This will help you formulate a string of search terms that can be combined effectively to enhance your search. So check out the following resources.
Try our START Searching tutorial to learn how to search the library catalogue and databases for your assignment topic.