Databases

  • Databases are collections of publications. Some specialise in academic research publications (scholarly articles and conference papers), others specialise in market research (market analysis, data and statistics).

  • A full list of electronic resources provided by London Metropolitan University.

  • A video demonstrating how to use the London Metropolitan University Business databases.

  • A video demonstrating how to use resources from the Health and Social Care subject guide.

  • Subject guides help you understand which research resources are useful to you. Click here to access the London Metropolitan University Library subject guides.

Business

Scholarly publications (academic research)

The most important databases for scholarly publications (e.g. academic journal articles and conference papers) are:

Leading resource for scholarly research

Journal articles on business (marketing, management, accounting, banking, finance)

Large multidisciplinary database containing journal articles on scientific research

Also use Google Scholar. See Google Scholar tips.

Market research

Choose your subject, for example, Business.

Click on Key subject collections and select Company, country information and market research.

A list of useful Business University databases:

Database with market research reports, industry profiles, country reports and company profiles

Database with UK market data: trends, companies, industries and countries

Market research data on industries, economies, consumers and companies

Database with international market data: trends, companies, industries, countries

It contains statistics, reports, market outlooks, forecasts, surveys, infographics and dossiers.

Please use this video on how to use the Business databases.

Health and Social Care

Scholarly publications (academic research)

The most important databases for scholarly publications (e.g. academic journal articles and conference papers) are:

Professional development tool that contains social care knowledge

Collection of databases that contain high-quality, independent evidence to inform healthcare decision-making

Large multidisciplinary database containing journal articles on scientific research

Also use Google Scholar. See Google Scholar tips.

Market research

Choose your subject, for example, Health and Social Care.

Click on Key subject collections.

A list of useful Health and Social Care University databases:

Database with articles on management, health and social care, health services and social work

Citation database with multidisciplinary content

Please use this video on how to use resources from the Health and Social Care subject guide.

Search techniques

Databases respond well to the following search techniques:

  • Use search terms (e.g. important words or phases), not sentences or questions.

  • Combine search terms using search operators (AND, OR, NOT), e.g. sole trader AND legal obligations.

  • Use truncation (* = substitute for any number of characters) to broaden the scope of your search (e.g. searching for market* will return results with market, markets, marketing etc.).

  • Use phrase search (search for a phrase in speech marks, “…”) if searching for a stable expression, particularly specific terminology or spelling (e.g. searching for “social media marketing” will ignore any results where these three words are not together).

Refining your search results

Databases contain lots of information and searches usually retrieve many results. You may wish to reduce the number of results by refining your search. Below is an example of how to refine search results:

  • Enter your search terms. Think carefully about which words you use as this will affect the results you retrieve (synonyms, alternative spellings etc.).

  • We recommend restricting your search to full-text documents and altering the date range.

  • You may wish to further limit your results by publication.

Remember, all databases will look different because they have different user interfaces, but you search them all in a similar way.

Google Scholar

Google Scholar is an academic, multi-disciplinary database provided by Google. It is Open Access, meaning usernames and passwords are not required.

To improve the accessibility of articles, link Google Scholar to your university account. To do this, select the hamburger menu (top left corner) - select Settings - select Library Links - enter/select London Metropolitan University - Save.

Ejournals

  • An ejournal is an online academic magazine. They contain academic articles and are stored in databases.

  • To look for ejournals search in the Metropolitan University Library catalogue. Under 'Find Online Resources', type in the topic you are looking for. Then refine your results by: Full Text, Availability: Online, Format: Academic Journals.

  • University credentials will be required to access the university's academic journals.