Library databases are searchable electronic collections of articles and ebooks purchased by GMIT libraries to supplement the library print collections. There are so many databases because there is so much information. Some databases will be directly focused on your subject, while others, such as Academic Onefile and Academic Search Complete cover a wider range of subjects.
Databases contain a variety of articles from academic journals, magazines, and newspapers as well as other academic information resources.
This interactive guide focuses on Nursing (general and psychiatric). You may at times need to look at other database that don't seem relevant to your area of research or for a particular assignment.
The Library's search engine, MultiSearch, will return a lot of material from our subscribed databases. However, MultiSearch does not cover every single database, so it is a good idea to look at each database individually and to become familiar with how to search them. Here is the full listing of individual databases.
Provided by EBSCOhost, this is the world's definitive scholarly nursing database, providing nearly 550 scholarly full text journals focusing on many medical disciplines, and also features abstracts and indexing for almost 850 other journals. Also included is Lexi-PAL Drug Guide, which covers 1,300 generic drug patient education sheets with more than 4,700 brand names.
Medicines.ie is the most comprehensive source of information on medicinal products available in Ireland and is widely regarded as an invaluable reference source by healthcare professionals, the Department of Health and the Health Products Regulatory Authority.
While CINAHL is an index to over 3000 journals from the fields of Nursing and Allied Health, there is also a susbstantial amount of full text content. CINAHL covers nursing, biomedicine, health sciences, alternative/complementary medicine, consumer health and 17 allied health disciplines. Full-text material includes more than 70 journals plus legal cases, clinical innovations, critical paths, drug records, research instruments and clinical trials.
Other databases with Nursing content:
During the academic year the library usually provides trials of databases that may be new or offering their content on a time limited basis. Check or Facebook, Blog or Twitter accounts for information on database trials as they come up. Their content may be invaluable to your own studies or research!
Keyword searching is the default search in MultiSearch and the library catalogue. Certain databases may offer advanced features (such as author, title, subject, date range, etc.) while others, like the Irish Times, will just have a single search box for your search words.
Once you perform a search you will get a list of results, it is usually easy to narrow them by date, document type (e.g. full text article, newspaper article etc.) subject area, publisher, and also by journal title and author when the list is not very large or general.
It is important when searching to be as specific as possible with your search terms. Broad, generic terms will yield too many results. You need to decide on and compile the most effective keywords for your research topic to get relevant hits or results.
For further information on searching databases please check out our LibGuides on Databases or the Advanced Database Searching tutorial on our Library YouTube channel, all linked from the library homepage