A database is a searchable collection of records referring to published information. Each record contains detailed information. Watch the video below (view transcript).

To be precise, library catalogues and search engines such as Google are both databases, but the library uses the term to refer to database products produced by external parties and subscribed to by the library. The content of databases varies. Databases may contain or refer to a range of resources or content as shown below.

Content or resources: Examples:
Statistics ABS Statistics
Images Thieme medical image collections
Audio files Naxos Music Library
Annual reports Morningstar DatAnalysis Premium
Company information Marketline
Case law AustLII
Standards SAI Global
Newspaper articles Factiva
Journal articles Proquest Research Library

The databases we will focus on are those used to find journal articles.

Databases which contain and refer to newspaper or journal articles

At the very least a database will provide basic bibliographic information including:

  • article author
  • article title
  • Journal title
  • the volume, issue and/or publication year
  • the page numbering.

This is enough information for you to locate a copy of the article. In addition to these details, some databases will provide:

  • subject headings
  • an abstract or summary
  • fulltext
  • The DOI

Full text means that you will be able to view the entire article in that database. Full text access can come in various formats. The two main formats are HTML and PDF.

  • HTML: Loads quickly, but graphics do not display well. No page numbering is included.
  • PDF: Can be slow to load, but includes pages number for citing, graphics appear as per the original, and is formatted for printing Look for the icon below.

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If no options for full text are available for an article, you can use QUT Fulltext Finder to search for the article in other QUT subscribed databases. Watch the video below (view transcript).