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 Solent University.

  • A video demonstrating how to use the Solent University Business databases (ProQuest One Business).

  • A video demonstrating how to use the Solent University Business databases (FAME, Mintel, Statista).

Business

Scholarly publications (academic research)

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

Full-text database with academic journals, trade publications, market reports and newspapers

Source type: select journals

Database with ejournals and ebooks on various subjects, for example, business management, marketing and strategy

Large multidisciplinary database containing ejournals on business

Enter your University email address and password to access them

Also use Google Scholar. See Google Scholar tips.

Market research

Click here to access the Business databases.

A list of useful University databases and how to log in to them:

Full-text database with academic journals, trade publications, market reports and newspapers

Source types available: newspapers, trade journals, wire feeds, magazines, reports, scholarly journals, blogs, podcasts, websites, books, dissertations, theses, conference papers and proceedings, and working papers

Enter your University email and password

Database with financial information about companies in the UK. It contains company profiles, financials, peer comparisons and stock data.

Select Solent University

Enter your University email and password

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

Select Solent University

Enter your University email address and password

Database with statistics, reports and market outlooks. It contains forecasts, surveys, infographics and dossiers. You may filter your search by region, country, industry and publication date.

Scroll down and select the 'Off campus' login

Select Solent University

Enter your University email address and password

Computing

Scholarly publications (academic research)

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

Journal articles, conference proceedings and technical standards on computer science

Select Institutional Sign In

Search for Solent University and select it

Enter your University email and password

Journal articles and conference papers on computing by the ACM - Association for Computing Machinery

Click on Sign in

Select Institutional Login

Search for Solent University and select it

Enter your University email and password

Journal articles, conference proceedings, technical reports and magazines on technology

No login required

You may create an account to sign into My Research and customise your search

Journal articles on scientific research

Click Sign in

Sign in via your institution

Select Solent University

Enter your University email address and password

Also use Google Scholar. See Google Scholar tips.

Market research

A list of useful University databases:

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

Select Solent University

Enter your University email address and password

Database with statistics, reports and market outlooks. It contains forecasts, surveys, infographics and dossiers. You may filter your search by region, country, industry and publication date.

Scroll down and select the 'Off campus' login

Select Solent University

Enter your University email address and password

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 Solent 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 Solent University library catalogue.

  • University credentials will be required to access the university's peer-reviewed journals.