Periodical indexes: Provide bibliographic information for articles – and occasionally books and other resources – usually within a particular subject area. See the library homepage for access to the Research Guides which identify relevant periodical indexes by subject.

Database: An organized collection of data that is searchable. In the context of libraries, the data may include books, journals, newspapers, articles, audiovisual resources, data sets, government documents, and other types of resources. The library catalogue and periodical indexes are examples of library databases. Other databases can also be found through the Research Guides.

Using Journal Databases

An article database (e.g., a periodical index) relevant to your subject or topic will help you retrieve relevant articles. Databases provide information about journal articles, and sometimes other types of resources, such as magazine and newspaper articles, books, and dissertations. To identify relevant databases for your topic, the library has created a number of Research Guides that focus on specific topics and subject areas.

Watch this video on how to use the library’s research guides to find databases and journal articles.