A database is an organised collection of data, which can be facts, statistics and information.
What goes into a database is determined by its purpose, subject, and the potential users of the database.
What you get out of a database is determined by the way you use it.
This session is about understanding databases and how you can make the most of using them.
Complete the Introduction to Databases PowerPoint. It will download when you select the link. The PowerPoint has audio, so you may need to adjust your volume.
Now Go to the Step Two tab.
Now go to the Step Three tab.
There are many databases at the university for you to use.
DelphiS is a database that uses the EBSCO interface.
Learn more about DelphiS in this interactive tutorial
Then vew the videos below to learn about the Basic and Advance searching in Delphis
Go to the Step Four tab when you have completed the videos.
To view the full tutorials on these and other databases, go to your subject guide where you will find the databases specific to your subject area.
To view the tutorial for the subject database, look for the icon next to the name of the subject database on the subject guide.
Please to the Feedback tab and fill out the Feedback form when you have completed the programme.
Web of Science was previously called the Web of Knowledge. It provides access to a number of databases including Web of Science Core Collection (covering engineering, science, health, social science, humanities, etc.), BIOSIS (biological & biomedical science) and Inspec (physics, computing, electrical & electronic engineering, etc.). When you use the Web of Science, select 'All Databases’ to search multiple databases simultaneously or choose an individual database.
Get to know the various fields to search in when using the Web of Science database.
Complete this tutorial that includes audio and video.
When the message box appears, be sure to check the box that has the option of enabling external content for the session.
You will need it for viewing the videos in the tutorial. Please note that there may be a slight delay in playing the videos.
Complete the short test on the Web of Science database
The transcript for Test Yourself on the Web of Science Database
Please fill out the Feedback form when you have completed the programme.