What are databases?

What are databases?

The Library subscribes to hundreds of databases that are made freely available to UWE students and staff through the library website. 

The databases typically contain journal articles, but might also hold statistical datasets, news archives, videos, geological maps, and much more.

How to access them

You can look up lists of databases recommended for your subject, or the complete list of databases, in the databases: by subject / A-Z pages.

You will find it easier if you connect to databases through the library website. The links have been thoroughly tested both on and off-campus, and most of the links will automatically identify you as a member of UWE.

Are they included in the library search?

The library's databases: by subject / A-Z pages will also tell you whether the contents of the database can be searched using the main library search.

As you will see, many databases have to be searched separately, or you might find it easier to focus on the information held in one database rather than use the 'general purpose' library search.

Students and staff at partner institutions

Not all database providers permit access by students and staff at UWE partner institutions (eg Hartpury College).

The database descriptions in the databases: by subject / A-Z pages will tell you whether the database provider authorises you to access that particular database.

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