If you want to find out more about using our databases, information is provided in the sections below.  Click the headings to view the content.  

Alternatively, you can access our major database collections (e.g. EBSCO) directly via the tabs further down the page.  The three major database collections, which cover a variety of subject areas, are listed to the left (in alphabetical order).

What is a database?

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, ISI Web of Knowledge and Proquest(see below).

Databases contain citation information - author, article title, journal (publication) title and so on, and often, an abstract (summary). 


Searching for Full-Text

Use "full-text" links to view articles online.  If this is not available, use the @Keele button to check for online and printed availability.

If the @Keele service is not available, record/print the references and use the E-journals A-Z service and 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


EBSCO includes Academic Search Premier and Business Source Premier, which provide full-text, indexing and abstracts for several thousand journals.

EBSCO provides major databases indexing literature (principally journal articles) in other areas, some of which include some full-text.  These include:

AMED (Alternative & Complementary Medicine), CINAHLPlus with full-text, EconLit, MEDLINE, PsycINFO, SPORTDiscus with full-text, and others.

EBSCO also contains e-books - these were previously in the "NetLibrary" collection.   Useful titles are also in the Library Search.   


ISI Web of Science

Web of Science is a collection of databases.  Using it, you can not only search for papers in the normal way (matching specified keywords) but also, for citations.   We have recently enhanced our access to Web of Science resources and currently offer:

  • Biosis Citation Index (1969 onwards); coverage of the major areas of molecular and cell biology, pharmacology, endocrinology, genetics, neurosciences, infectious diseases, ecology and organismal biology.  It indexes records from articles, reports, books, meetings and US patents from 1926;
  • Current Contents Connect (1998 onwards): a current awareness database providing easy web access to Table of Contents, abstracts, and bibliographic information from recent issues of leading scholarly journals, as well as thousands of quality, evaluated websites;
  • Data Citation Index (1993 onwards): a single point of access to quality research data from repositories across disciplines and worldwide;
  • Derwent Innovations Index (1993 onwards): access to patents and citation searching in various disciplines within the field of engineering;
  • Medline (1950 onwards): covers biomedicine and life sciences.  Coverage also includes citations in the fields of pre-clinical sciences and marine biology; 
  • SciELO Citation Index (1997 onwards): this is a "regional" citation index.  It provides access to scholarly literature in sciences, social sciences, arts & humanities published in leading open access journals from Latin American, Portugal, Spain and South Africa;
  • Web of Science Citation Index - Social Sciences, Science editions and Arts & Humanities editions (1970 onwards, 1970 onwards and 1975 onwards, respectively);
    • Web of Science also includes Conference Proceedings (1990 onwards);
    • New: Book Citation Index (2005 onwards).  This provides access to c. 30,000 selected books (with 10,000 new titles added each year).
    • Index Chemicus (1993 onwards). Structures and critical supporting data for novel organic compounds.
  • Zoological Record: animal biology, paleobiology, and zoology.  The database indexes material from serials, books, reports and meetings.

 You can access Journal Citation Reports from a link at the top of the screen.

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Information for off-campus access

There have been changes to Web of Science (formerly Knowledge) resources and the search experience:

Click here for updates to Web of Science Resources from "Library Latest", our online newsletter

Scientific WebPlus has been decommissioned.  Material from this resource will no longer appear in results of searches.


ProQuest provides a large number of bibliographic databases, including several major ones. Coverage is not confined to the natural sciences.



A national data centre giving Keele users access to Digimap, Historic Digimap, Geology Digimap, Film and Sound Online, UKBORDERS (digitized UK boundary data), the Index to The Times, and a number of other services.

  • Access to EDINA
  • Access to EDINA is through the UK Federation. Click on the 'Log-In' button and select Keele University from the drop down list, then use your Keele log-in details to gain access.

UK Data Archive

The largest collection of accessible computer-readable data in the social sciences and humanities in the United Kingdom.

Guides & Help

Here is a list of some useful guides.  Guides for EBSCO and Proquest databases can be found on relevant Subject/School subject resource pages, as can the following:

ISI Web of Science

This material will be updated to reflect changes to the resource due later this year.

Training sessions

Some of our training sessions may help you make effective use of these resources (e.g. EBSCO, Web of Knowledge):