Library databases enable you to search for journal articles, and in some cases conference papers, book chapters, reports, dissertations and many other types of information.
Databases collect together articles in subject areas, allowing you to limit your searching to databases that are relevant to your area of research.
The Library 'Search' allows you to find some articles, but many key journals for communications are not available in Library 'Search', so it is important to use Library databases.
Tip: In many cases you can link to the full text of articles in these databases by clicking the check for full text option.
Tourism Research Australia is a database which enables students to research up to date information on visitor demographics and behaviours. Users can manipulate data on a wide range of subjects related to tourism, hospitality and geography, and use various sorting and filtering methods to generate customised tables and graphs.
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Plan and execute an effective search using the following six steps. This example uses a key database for tourism- ProQuest
While the effect of OR is to widen the search, AND narrows or focuses the search. You may see them referred to as Boolean operators in search guides.
This is how the example search is entered in the ProQuest search engine:
Look for terms within the results, especially Subject terms, which you can use to refine the initial search.
Subject terms collectively describe the main themes of the article. The same subject terms will also appear in the records for other articles in the database which substantially cover those themes.
Searching on subject terms can therefore be an effective way of focusing the search on the most relevant articles. They may also suggest terminology or aspects of the topic that you had not considered.
The selection of Subject in the drop down menu will limit the search to only that part of the record. In general, the fields selected for a search do not have to be the same; eg one concept set may be set to subject terms and another in the same search may remain as the default setting
Further tips for modifying a search
To focus the initial search:
To widen the initial search:
A forum where researchers and scholars first report their findings and ideas. Journals are ongoing publications also referred to as serials, periodicals, magazines or newspapers.
Monash has individual journal titles in both print and electronic formats. To locate journal holdings use the library catalogue Advanced search, Journal title, or, browse keywords.
Here are some useful titles:.