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Information and Communication Technologies

Information technology, networking and computer systems resources for VET students

What are databases and why you need them?

Also explains why Google is not a good source of scholarly information. Video by Yavapai College 2011.

ICT Databases

Databases are storage containers of information. Students will often use databases to find online journal articles. Our library does not have an ICT only databases. However it has huge multi-disciplinary databases that specialise in ICT information.

If you go to the library catalogue "search box" and do a search you will bring up the results from any relevant databases. Alternatively you could choose one of the two listed below.


Main ICT databases

Academic Search Premier 

"Designed specifically for academic institutions, Academic Search Premier is a multi-disciplinary full text database containing full text for more than 4,600 journals, including nearly 3,900 peer-reviewed titles. ... This scholarly collection offers information in nearly every area of academic study including: computer sciences, engineering, physics, chemistry, language and linguistics, arts & literature, medical sciences, ethnic studies, and many more" -- website

Australia/New Zealand Reference Centre Plus 

"Australia/NZ Reference Centre Plus combines Australasian magazines, newspapers, newswires and reference books to create the largest collection of regional full text content" -- website



Reference & Video Databases

Oxford Reference Online 

Huge range of online dictionaries, encyclopedias and reference books across many subject areas.

ClickView Video Collection

Comprehensive collection of streaming videos across many subject areas. There are over 60 ICT videos. Select Tertiary then ICT on the left.