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Bachelor of Library and Information Management: Databases

Information on subjects taught in BLIM


What are databases?

Databases are collections of materials gathered to meet the needs of staff and students. Databases may contain periodical articles from Australia and around the world for a wide variety of subjects. Box Hill Institute Library also has databases of online books, Australian standards, and more.

You can search databases as you would the Internet but they provide much more reliable information

Many of our databases can now be searched via our Discovery catalogue. Search on shelf items, e-books and online journal articles all in a single search. See the Books, E-books tab on this guide for a search window.

The Primary Database for Library Studies is

Library, Information Science and Technology

LISTA provides coverage on subjects such as librarianship, classification, cataloguing, bibliometrics, online information retrieval, information management and more. Delivered via the EBSCOhost platform, LISTA indexes more than 600 periodicals plus books, research reports, and proceedings. With coverage dating back to the mid-1960s, it is the oldest continuously produced database covering the field of information science.


eJournal articles

Inside the databases there are eJournals. Rather than searching the whole of a database these links help you to search just a specific eJournal. The most recent publication date is listed

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.

Key database resources

The key databases and electronic resources for Library Studies Students are listed below.

You need to log in to StudentWeb to access these resources - click on the links below to access.

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

Australian Bureau of Statistics -  Australian statistics.

Austlii Australasian legal databases - Federal and State acts and regulations.

Australian Dictionary of Biography -  Biographical profiles.

Ebscohost  -  Periodical articles and reference materials. The primary source for Library Studies is 'Library, Information Science and Technology abstracts with full text', but it is often worth searching additional databases, such as 'Australia/New Zealand Reference Centre' (especially for Australian content and newspapers), 'Academic Search Premier' and 'Business Source Premier'

Informit APA-FT (Australian Public Affairs - Full Text) -  Australian Periodical articles, general/humanities coverage. Contains quite a few Library focused titles. We now also have other Informit databases : A+ Education, Humanities and Social Sciences, Business, Health and Indigenous Collections.

Libraries Australia -  Catalogue of holdings at Australian libraries.

Oxford Reference Online - Dictionaries and encyclopedias.  

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