Some individual journal articles may be found by searching the library SEARCH catalogue, but for a thorough and quality search for articles on your specific topic, you should perform your search in an appropriate specialist database. These databases are designed to provide thorough, quality coverage in specific subject areas.
Some databases will provide links to the full text of articles, others will provide only the abstract or summary. In many cases you can link to the full text by clicking from the record. If the Library subscribes to the title you will be offered the full text.
You can access the databases, through the library database page, on or off campus, using your Authcate.
See below for tips and hints, or contact the library for help and advice on using databases and getting access to the full text of articles once you have discovered them. Appointments can be made with your contact librarian for help finding resources on your topic.
Google Scholar can also be a useful discovery tool, though caution should be used. If you use GS by linking from our database page and set the Scholar Preferences to search Monash and the National Library, you can have the 'check for full text' option to search our holdings. GS Preferences can also be set so the Bibliography Manager will show links to allow import of the citations to EndNote.
To search databases effectively, you need to consider a 'search strategy'. The databases work best if you identify keywords and use these rather than 'natural language' sentences:
climate change OR global warming
carbon dioxide OR co2
For more comprehensive instruction see tab 'Searching effectively'
Interactive online module enabling you to develop the skills to search databases effectively (Approximate duration: 10 minutes.)