An 'academic' database indexes journal articles, conference proceedings, electronic books, and other materials and gives access to recent, scholarly, and peer-reviewed information.
MIE Library gives you online access to over 4000 academic journal titles, as well as other materials, such as eBooks, theses and dissertations. You can do a search in a particular academic database or use MIESearch to search all of our resources (print and online) at once.
You can search for articles and other information on your topic using keywords or subject terms.
Consult the help menu within the database you're using for how to create an effective search and select 'full-text' from the limiters within the database to only see content which you will be able to access the full-text of.
Boolean operators are the words "AND", "OR" and "NOT". When used in library databases, they can make searches more precise - and save you time. In our discovery tool MIESearch (and other databases) you can choose how to combine keywords with dropdown menus, e.g.:
There are lots of other ways to narrow or expand your search results using search modifiers and filters. For a quick overview of how to use them see our cheat-sheet below, or book an individual appointment with a librarian to help you search effectively.
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