Click here to see available databases: Open University Library Databases
Databases are more specific, and more complete, organised by:
- type, e.g. biographies, dictionaries, newspapers, ebooks, journal articles, videos etc.
Types of search:
“put search in quotation marks”
Search only one part of the record
e.g. abstract, author, title, keywords, etc.
(top tip: abstract searching a term gives you relevant results!)
AND, OR, NOT
Can be used in conjunction with phrase search, and field search:
e.g. “pet therapy” AND cats AND dogs (in field: Abstracts)
give articles with phrase “pet therapy” and that mention both cats and dogs in the abstract.
e.g. colo*r > color and colour
e.g. child* > child and children
e.g. exerci?e > exercise and exercize
(top tip: different databases use different symbols for wildcards and truncations)
N.b. Always check out the database ‘help’ section for more tips on how to search.