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Databases such as Academic Search Complete enable you to find references for a particular topic, or look up material by a specific author, for example. This means you don't have to search through relevant journals separately.
Databases sometimes have a discipline, or subject focus (e.g. MEDLINE). You often need to search more than one. Most index journal articles, but many such also include books, book chapters, conference papers and theses. Keele databases are typically accessed via software packages such as EBSCO, Web of Science and Proquest.
Databases contain citation information - author, article title, journal (publication) title and so on, and often, an abstract (summary).
Use "full-text" links to view articles online. If this is not available, use the button to check for online and printed availability. If the service is not available, record/print the references and use Library Search to search for the journal.
Please be aware that we won't necessarily have access to all the references online. Items not available either online or in Library stock can usually be obtained through the Inter Library Loans service.