Q. How do I know which library database to search?
SUSS Library subscribes to over 50 online databases, accessible from the Databases A-Z page: http://libguides.suss.edu.sg/az.php. These are collections of useful research materials from academic journals, books, newspapers, and magazines.
The databases are arranged alphabetically by name. To find the most relevant library databases and e-collections for your research, read the descriptions which give you an idea of:
- the academic subjects covered
- the types of sources contained
- the types of materials included (e.g. scholarly journal articles, books, newspapers, videos, etc.)
- the availability of full-text articles
- date range of materials covered
Filter By Subject
Databases often focus on a particular subject. It is possible to filter by subject area to find appropriate databases. Use the All Subjects drop-down menu at the top and select the subject you want.
If you have a general topic, Academic Search Premier is a good starting point for your research because it is a multidisciplinary database with some information on almost every topic. If you are looking for Singapore newspaper articles, you should try Newslink.
You can also find useful database recommendations in the research guides for your discipline: https://libguides.suss.edu.sg/researchguides. We are building our research guides, so if you don't see one on your discipline, send us a suggestion at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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