Using databases A–Z

Databases are collections of ejournals assembled by epublishers. Some ejournals, such as PubMed, are free for anyone to use, but many require a subscription to access their content. The Library subscribes to many databases which you can use.

The A-Z databases tool lets you:

  • search for databases by title, publisher or broad subject category
  • search a single database by connecting directly to the site

If you are at the Library, you can search the databases without signing in. If you're at home, you'll need to be a registered State Library member living in Victoria and sign in to access the databases.

To access A-Z databases, go to the catalogue and click on the 'A-Z databases' link underneath the search box.

Searching for databases

There are several ways to find a particular database, including:

  • browsing an alphabetical list
  • searching for a specific publisher such as ProQuest, Ebsco or JSTOR
  • keyword search for a known database title or database description
  • choosing a subject category

The icons next to a title give access information such as freely available on the Web or available for registered State Library members living in Victoria or only available from inside the Library building.

Searching a database

You can click on a database title to go directly to that site and start searching. If you're at home, you'll be prompted to sign in.

Please note that the A-Z databases list does not include the Library's large collection of CD-ROMs which can only be used at the Library. The listing includes some links to the most frequently used sections of the CD-ROMs menu. Check the relevant subject category including 'Newspapers - historic' and 'Family history' for example.