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Research Support

A guide to library services and resources available to support researchers at the University of Melbourne.

Subject-specific & specialised databases

It is recommended that you identify subject-specific and specialised databases using Subject Research Guides created for different Faculty/discipline areas by our Liaison Librarians.

Citation databases

Why use citation databases?

  • Discover who is citing your research and how your research is influencing newer research
  • Uncover directions in which research is progressing based on an earlier study
  • Track the work of a noted authority
  • Verify the accuracy of a cited reference that has been listed in a bibliography
  • Analyze the impact of published research Keep up to date with what has been published in your field.

Refer to the Tracking Citations guide for tutorials and more information

Web of Science

Multi-disciplinary database which covers agriculture, art, biology, computer science, earth sciences, engineering, environmental studies, humanities, life sciences, medicine, science, social sciences and technology. Includes   Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED); Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI); Arts & Humanities Citation Index (A&HCI); Conference Proceedings Citation Index- Science (CPCI-S); Conference Proceedings Citation Index- Social Science & Humanities (CPCI-SSH); Book Citation Index– Science (BKCI-S); Book Citation Index– Social Sciences & Humanities (BKCI-SSH)


Scopus is a comprehensive scientific, medical, technical and social science database. It covers 18,000 peer-reviewed journals from more than 5,000 international publishers. International coverage with references going back to 1996 & abstracts going back further. 100% coverage of Medline.

Google Scholar

Search across many disciplines and sources: articles, theses, book, abstracts and court opinions, from academic publishers, professional societies, online repositories, universities and other web sites. University of Melbourne researchers can set their Google Scholar preferences so that links to full texts are available through Find It @Melbourne.

Publish or Perish

Publish or Perish is a software program that retrieves and analyses academic citations. It uses Google Scholar to obtain the raw citations, then analyses these and presents a wide range of citation metrics.

Library Catalogues