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Diploma in General Studies

This guide provides information sources that are available to Diploma in General Studies students studying at the University of Melbourne, Dookie Campus.

Why Use Databases?

Discovery is the gateway to tens of thousands of electronic journals, hundreds of scholarly databases and other resources subscribed to by the University of Melbourne Library.  Discovery also enables users to search across multiple databases simultaneously, browse resources and link through to the full-text or print copy. If you need to conduct a more thorough and advanced search then search individual databases.

  • Keywords give you the best chance of finding relevant information by clarifying what it is you are searching for
  • Identifying keywords from concepts is a key part of understanding your topic
  • Keywords allow you to capture results you might otherwise miss
  • Keywords can help to broaden or narrow your search

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General Databases

Scopus: covers scientific, technical, medical and social science literature. Coverage is worldwide, with more than half of Scopus content originating from outside North America. Note: Embase records are covered by Scopus, and Scopus will search Emtree headings (the Embase thesaurus) but there is no explosion of Emtree terms.Scopus user guide and interactive tutorials.

Web of Science: consists of seven databases containing information gathered from thousands of scholarly journals, books, book series, reports and conferences. Databases include Science Citation Index Expanded (1899+), Social Sciences Citation Index (1956+) and Humanities Citation Index (1975+).Web of Science user guide and interactive tutorial

Academic Search Complete : is a scholarly, full text database providing coverage to 1800 publications in most academic fields of study.

Google Scholar:  a database which covers a broad range of disciplines and provides articles, papers and chapters from various sources. Easy to search using plain text, also offers Advanced Search functionality. Check out Google Scholar Search Tips


AGRICOLA (ProQuest Central)
This bibliographic database, produced by the National Agricultural Library, consists of worldwide literature citations for journal articles, monographs, proceedings, theses, patents, translations, audiovisual materials, computer software, and technical reports pertaining to all aspects of agriculture and related fields.

ProQuest Central
This database contains leading agricultural journals published in North America. Offering journals such as Agricultural Research, Forest Products Journal, Journal of Animal Science, Journal of Soil and Water Conservation and Plant Physiology, in Full Text.
CAB Abstracts
Provides authoritative research information on agriculture, environment and related applied life sciences. Coverage commences with 1910 up to the present.


ABI/INFORM (Proquest Central)
This database comprises ABI/INFORM Global, ABI/INFORM Trade and Industry, and ABI/INFORM Dateline. It features thousands of full-text journals, dissertations, working papers, key business and economics periodicals such as the Economist, country-and industry-focused reports, and downloadable data. Its international coverage gives researchers a complete picture of companies and business trends around the world.

AgEcon Search Research in Agricultural & Applied Economics
AgEcon Search is a free, open access repository of full-text scholarly literature in agricultural and applied economics, including: Working papers Conference papers Journal articles.

Business Source Complete
Business Source Complete is a full text database, covering management, economics, finance, accounting, international business.

DatAnalysis Premium
Provides data on company history and listing details since 1989, as well as corporate records, with access to access other information such as price-sensitive measures to keep track of a company’s performance.

MarketLine Advantage
MarketLine Advantage is an interactive platform providing access to a mix of company, industry, country and financial data for every major marketplace in the world. From Aerospace and Automotive to Media, Mining and Textiles,