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A database allows you to search for material in journals, magazines and electronic books. You can read a description (abstract) of the article or book or you can often read the whole article or book online. Many databases require Adobe Acrobat Reader to read PDF files.

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Databases for Art and Design

 Searching for information is a four step process:

  1. Brainstorm your topic to find relevant keywords and phrases
  2. Select a database that has content for your subject. The list below is a good starting point.
  3. Use the keywords and phrases from your brainstorm to create your search. Each database has Help pages available to assist with your search
  4. View your results, evaluate and select the article(s) you require, or, redevelop your keywords and start the process again.

Academic OneFile

Academic OneFile Web image Offers access to more than 14,000 titles, including more than 9,000 peer reviewed journals. Millions of full text articles available. News and periodical articles on a wide range of topics: business, computers, current events, economics, education, environmental issues, health care (ie Kai Tiaki: Nursing New Zealand), humanities, law, literature and art, politics, science, social science, sports, technology. Links to medical videos.

Australia/ New Zealand Reference Centre

Combines Australia and New Zealand specific magazines, newspapers, newswires and reference books.

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Contemporary Women's Issues

Provides over 150 different subject areas to choose from.


128,000 digital books, on a wide range of subjects. You can set up a password on the bookshelf area, and add passages and your own notes, and have APA style references added automatically. A quick user guide is available on the homepage here.

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Index New Zealand (INNZ)

Contains abstracts from nearly 300 New Zealand journals and selected newspapers.

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Opposing Viewpoints

Opposing Viewpoints in Context is the premier online resource covering today’s hottest social issues, from Offshore Drilling to Climate Change, Health Care to Immigration.

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Provides global access to one of the largest online content repositories in the world, with full text of over 4000 journals, newspapers and magazines with detailed abstracts and indexing for a further 3500 publications. The following subjects are covered:  accounting, arts, business, careers, computers, economics, children, education, finance, general interest, health, humanities, international, law, military, medicine, multicultural, newspapers, pharmacy; psychology, sciences, social sciences, technology, and telecommunications.


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Health and Wellness Resource Centre

700 health and medical journals incorporating video clips and hundreds of pamphlets. Health-related articles from 2,200 general interest publications.Contains articles from the Alternative Health Module

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