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Subject guide for Optoelectronics Research Centre


LinkedIn Learning for Zepler Students and Staff

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Literature Searching Activity

Either select the image below or use the accessible version link or this link to open the interactive tutorial. Start with the question mark icon and then use each tool in order (1, 2, 3, 4). Take the quiz (5) and complete the feedback form (6) when you have finished.

What is a database?

What is a database?

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 introduction is about understanding databases and how you can make the most of using them.

Using a university database can save you time in your research and provide you with academic peer-reviewed articles. 

Introduction to Databases

This is an introduction to the components of databases that are available at the university. Select the interactive PowerPoint (with a quiz) to download and open it. The PowerPoint has audio, so you may need to adjust your volume.

Transcript of PowerPoint   This PDF is the transcript for the Introduction to Databases tutorial. 

Key Databases

Key Subject Resources

Accessing library resources from home

To connect to library resources such as databases and journals you will need to use the University’s VPN service called Globalprotect. Advice on how to set your connection up can be found on the iSolutions page How do I set up VPN on my device? 

Engineering Village is a platform that enables in-depth search and discovery of both current, archival and interdisciplinary content comprising research and technical information in the applied engineering and physical science domains. It hosts highly-curated databases in which content from global publishers is indexed from journals, conference proceedings, trade publication, dissertations, standards, books, patents and technical reports.

To see more databases go to the ORC Databases tab.

Go to the Optoelectronics Research Centre website to find out more about research in optoelectronics research

Your Engagement Librarian

  Name:  Marcia Ostrowski

A to Z Resources for Your Subject Area

New Resources:
Very Short Introductions: Concise introductions to diverse range of subjects
University Press Scholarship Online
Oxford Scholarly Editions Online
Oxford Research Encyclopedias
Oxford's Handbooks Online
Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging
Library Services now offers all our users access to Oxford Scholarship Online (OSO)  and Henry Stewart Talks ( )  Here is a short clip from one of the videos  on nanomedicines