Database types

Introduction Top

This section gives an overview of some of the specialised resource types available through QUT Library.

Research methodology Top

  • Sage Research Methods Online Sage Research Methods Online contains book, journal and reference content to help researchers design research projects, understand methods or identify a new method, conduct their research, and write up their findings. Focusing on methodology, it can be used across the social sciences, health sciences, and other disciplines.

Reference Top

Access online Dictionaries, Directories and Encyclopedias.

Oxford Reference Online is a searchable database which brings together over two million entries from Oxford Dictionaries, Encyclopaedias and Companions.

eBooks Top

QUT Library subscribes to or purchases collections of eBooks such as the EBL Ebook Library, ENGnetBASE and Sage Knowledge.

Newspapers Top

QUT Library has access to newspapers from around the world. Newspapers provide data on public opinion, trends, and government policy directions.

  •   PressReader offers a full-colour, full-page collection of today's newspapers from around the world and a 60 day archive of newspaper issues.
  • Factiva Factiva provides up-to-date full text newspapers from many countries, in a number of languages.

Magazines and trade journals Top

Popular magazines can point to current trends and the cultural impact of research. QUT Library subscribes to magazines for researchers in all faculties, including The London Review of Books, Newsweek, Time Magazine, Vogue and Rolling Stone.

Trade journals keep up with practical developments in a field and may lead you to new paths of enquiry. Publications like Monument (Architecture), IT Professional (Information Technology) all report the cutting edge advancements in their areas.

Large database providers such as ProQuest, EBSCOHost and Informit all include magazines and trade journals, as well as a search limit option to isolate these publications.

Conference papers

Conference papers provide a timely means of disseminating fast-breaking research. Due to their immediacy, they are more important to certain disciplines than others. A number of databases contain conference papers that report on recent research, work in process, as well as commentary on industry trends. Keep in mind that preliminary findings may not have been through rigorous testing or peer review processes.

Databases which index conferences include IEEE Digital Library, PsycEXTRA, and Web of Science. To find others go to QUT Library Databases and specialised search tools page search with the keyword conference.

Multimedia Top

QUT Library has collections of videos.

  • Trove Trove Australian music, photos and films.
  • British Pathé British Pathé contains British films from 1896 to 1976.
  • The Internet Archive The Internet Archive has texts, moving images, audio, software and archived web pages from 1996. It features a Live Music Archive with the performances of thousands of artists.

Business databases Top

Business databases include industry reports, country economic data and national statistics, bonds, equities, mergers and acquisitions, property economics, mutual funds, and datasets of ticker data.

  • ABI/Inform Global (via ProQuest) ABI/Inform Global (via ProQuest) is one of the largest databases in the world covering information related to business.
  • Orbis Orbis contains information on private and public companies worldwide.
  • Osiris Osiris contains information on publicly listed companies worldwide and forecasting information.
  • Morningstar Direct Morningstar Direct contains investment information for sector analysis, performance evaluation, investment selection, and portfolio creation. Large amounts of this quantitative data can be downloaded and manipulated.

Forecasting tools Top

Financial forecasting databases include Osiris.

Evidence-based databases health resources Top

Health evidence based databases include systematic reviews, critically appraised resources, randomised controlled trials and case studies.

Statistics Top

QUT Library has a range of statistics databases which include country, economic, financial, health, industry and market statistics. QUT Library also has access to opinion polls and survey results.

Property databases Top

Property Investment Professional is an Australian property investment research service.

  • CoreLogic CoreLogic (RP Data) contains property information services for Australia and New Zealand.

Geographic Information Systems Top

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) represent complex analyses of geographical data in a highly visual style.

  • eBimap2 eBimap2 is the Brisbane City Council's online mapping service for urban planning and design providing Brisbane land, property and assets information.

Patent and standards fulltext databases Top

QUT Library has access to patents and standards databases, including standards for accounting and engineering.

Education databases Top

  • ERIC ERIC is the largest education literature database in the world.
  • Scootle Scootle provides teachers and education students with access to digital resources aligned to the Australian Curriculum.

Law databases Top

Law databases contain primary resources including caselaw and legislation for Australian and international jurisdictions, as well as legal commentary and reference tools.

  • Lexis Advance Pacific Lexis Advance Pacificprovides online access to Australian legal materials published by LexisNexis Butterworths.
  • Westlaw AU Westlaw AU includes legal research titles as well as looseleaf services, full text journals published by Thomson Reuters, law reports and unreported judgments.

Archives Top

Historical government information is found in state, federal or local council archives.

  • Queensland State Archives Queensland State Archives manages, preserves and facilitates public access to the state's permanent archival public records.
  • John Oxley Library The John Oxley Library of the State Library of Queensland contains Queensland cultural and heritage resources. It also collects all books published in Queensland.

Summary Top

Databases contain a wide range of resources including documents, images, videos, statistics, dictionaries, eBooks, datasets, legal resources, business and research methodologies. Use QUT subscription databases, free databases and other Library databases for your research.

If after completing this section you'd like more advice on databases for your research, talk to your Liaison Librarian or ask us for help. You may also let your librarian know if there are additional databases you would like QUT Library to acquire for your research.