What are databases? Databases also called subject, journal or sometimes bibliographic databases and they are organised digital collections of references to published literature.
Why use databases? Databases allow you to search a wide range of published literature. In addition to journal articles, many subject databases also include the details of other types of material including; conference papers, conference proceedings, reports, government and legal publications and sometimes books and theses. They are especially useful for projects and dissertations and provide you with current information on research and development.
What do databases contain? The databases allow you to search through thousands of records by the words in the title, by keyword, author or other criteria. They contain all the details of a book, or other source, that are necessary for a person to be able to find it and normally an abstract. Some also contain links to the full text of the documents.
A-Z list of e-resources: An A-Z listing of all our databases and other e-resources available to University of Southampton users (e-journals and e-books are not included).
Key databases for ocean and earth science:
More databases for ocean and earth science: