Tourism: Databases and journal articles

Key databases

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.



Alternatively, you may choose to browse Tourism databases
or all Monash databases

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.

The How to use Tourism Australia Interactive Guide can help you develop your database skills for this specific resource (embedded swf, 8.7MB).

Accessibility document (doc, 3MB)

Online News archives

Plan and execute an effective search using the following six steps. This example uses a key database for tourism- ProQuest

  1. What is the topic?
    Example: What are the ethical implications of tourism in developing countries?
  2. What are the key concepts?
    tourism, ethics, developing countries
  3. Are there other ways to express these key concepts, in order to widen the search? 
    some general examples:
    • synonyms  eg. ethics, morality, standards 
    • plural / singular eg. tourism industry, tourism industries
    • spelling variations eg. globalisation, globalization
  4. For each key concept, join its keywords with OR
    • tourism or tourism industry
    • ethics or morality 
    • developing countries or developing nations 
  5. Link each key concept set with AND, to obtain records which contain at least one of the terms from each concept set: 
    (ethics or morality or standards or conduct)  and  (ethics or morality or standards or conduct)  and  (developing countries or developing nations)

    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:

  6. Evaluate the records retrieved, and modify the search accordingly
    From the results list view the records which seem to be the most relevant.

    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.

    • increase the terms linked by OR (refer to Step 3)
    • remove a key concept
    • use the truncation symbol 
  7. 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:

  • reduce the terms linked by OR
  • add another key concept, linked by AND (refer to Step 2)
  • limit by date range

To widen the initial search:

  • increase the terms linked by OR
  • reduce the number of concepts linked by AND
  • remove any other limits on the search


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Finding journal articles

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.

Some journals are peer-reviewed or 'refereed', this means articles published in these journals have been critically evaluated by specialists or experts within academic and / or industry fields. Many journals at Monash are available electronically, but photocopies of articles held in print at other campuses may be requested via the intercampus photocopy service.

To locate journal holdings use the library catalogue Advanced search, Journal title, or, browse keywords.

In Search logo

  • select Advanced search
  • in the first dropdown box, select in the title
  • in the search box, type the journal name
  • for Material Type, select Journals
  • click Go

Click the Get it  tab for print versions information such as location/call number and availability.

Click the View Online tab (if available) to view information (ie date range information) for electronic version

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