Using Databases A–Z

Use Databases A–Z to search for the ejournal and ebook databases the Library subscribes to.

From the Databases A–Z lightbox, you can:

  • search for databases by title, publisher or broad subject category
  • select databases to include in a simultaneous search
  • search a single database by clicking on its title and connecting directly to the resource

If you are on site at the Library, all databases are available for searching without signing in. If you are at home, you need to sign in to access subscription databases. It is best to sign in before opening the light box to ensure that all resources available to you are presented.

Searching for databases

You can use the Databases A–Z option to identify suitable databases for your research needs. The 'All databases' tab displays all of the online databases the Library subscribes to in an A to Z title list.

To search for specific databases, fill in the relevant fields on the upper section of the lightbox and then click the 'Go' button. The list of sources matching your search is shown in the 'Search results' tab.

Use the subject category and/or sub-category search to find suitable sources. Alternatively, search for databases by a particular publisher such as Proquest, Gale, Informit or Ebsco.


The Databases A-Z list does not include the Library's large collection of CD-ROMs. You can access a selection of CD-ROMs on site at the Library by clicking on the 'in the Library' link on our Research tools page (under 'eResources').

Selecting databases to search simultaneously

You can create your own custom set of databases from either the 'All databases' tab or the 'Search results' tab (if you have performed a search). Databases with a check box are available for cross-searching in a single search. Tick the check box next to each database you want to include in your combined search. As you select a database, it is added to the list of databases on the 'My selected databases' tab.

When you have completed your selections, click the 'Selection completed' button to exit the lightbox and to update the 'My selected databases' search scope. Select this search scope from the drop-down menu, enter your search terms, and click 'Go' to search your custom database set.

Searching a single database

You can search each database by clicking on its title and connecting directly to the resource. If you are not on site at the Library, the 'Access from home' page will appear and you'll be prompted to sign in before accessing the database.