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 databases A–Z tool lets you:

  • search for databases by title, publisher or broad subject category
  • select databases to search together
  • 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 databases A–Z, go to the catalogue and sign in at the top right with your Library card number and family name. Then click on the 'Databases A–Z' link underneath the search box. The lightbox will open.

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
  • choosing a subject category or sub-category

More information about each database is available from the link 'Show info'. An icon of Australia next to a title means it contains significant Australian content.

Searching a single 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 again.

Searching multiple databases

To search a set of multiple databases simultaneously, tick the box next to each title. Some titles won't allow you to do this, however, usually because their data is restricted or too specific to be searched well with other databases.

Databases you've ticked are added to the list on the 'My selected databases' tab. When you're finished, click the 'Go to search' button. You'll go back to the search box, but will see that you're now searching 'Currently selected databases' in the drop-down menu. Just enter your search terms and you're off.

Please note that the databases A–Z list does not include the Library's large collection of CD-ROMs, which can only be used at the Library.