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Your Academic Engagement Librarian for Undergraduate and Taught Postgraduate students*

Name:  Marcia Ostrowski
Email:  libenqs@soton.ac.uk
Tel: 023 8059 4247 or Internal 24247

 

                

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.

Introduction to Databases

This is an introduction to the components of databases that are available at the university. Click on 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.

A to Z Resources for Your Subject Area

Key Databases

Key Subject Resources

These are the key databases we recommend that you use, a more complete list is available from our Databases page. 

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? 

To see more go to the  Databases and tutorials tab.

New Resources:
Very Short Introductions: Concise introductions to diverse range of subjects https://www.veryshortintroductions.com/
University Press Scholarship Online https://www.universitypressscholarship.com/
Oxford Scholarly Editions Online https://www.oxfordscholarlyeditions.com/
Oxford Research Encyclopedias https://oxfordre.com/
Oxford's Handbooks Online https://www.oxfordhandbooks.com/
Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging https://library.soton.ac.uk/diversity
Darwin Online (Darwin's publications) http://darwin-online.org.uk/contents.html
 
Library Services now offers all our users access to Oxford Scholarship Online (OSO)  and Henry Stewart Talks (https://hstalks.com/ )