Search techniques 

Databases respond well to the following search techniques:

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: 

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 Ulster University and University of Ulster - Save.


Open the university’s Library Catalogue and select 'eJournals'. 

This will take you to the ejournal finder tool. Search for the title of the journal you wish to access.

Beneath the journal title is the database which houses that journal. Select the database to be taken to the ejournal. 

It is worth noting any access embargos applied to the ejournal.

All issues of the ejournal are arranged in reverse chronological order. Select the publication year - then select an issue - to see a list of articles within that particular issue.