Find Information Using Databases

What is a database?

  • Database is a collection of data and items of information organized for convenient access.
  • Bibliographic databases contain references to books, journal articles, and other documents.
  • Some databases provide bibliographic citations of the articles as well as the full-text.
  • Some other databases only provide bibliographic citation for the article (eg. Econ-Lit). To locate such articles, search the library catalogue and find out if the library has the periodical.
  • Even if the library does not subscribe for that particular periodical, you can get the article through Inter-Library Loan (ILL) scheme
  • .For more information on the ILL, contact the Library Staff.

Subscribe Databases

Following are the on-line databases subscribed by our e-library.
Access more than 75,000 full text articles, 200,000 reviews from the world's leading management journals, plus case studies, literature reviews, book reviews, conference information, interviews, and profiles.
Remember you need a Username and a Password to access Emerald.


  • Blackwell Synergy now includes 448,871 articles from 765 leading journals.
  • Users have full-text access to the journals in the Humanities and Social Sciences and Behavioural Sciences collections of Blackwell Synergy.
Remember you need a Username and a Password to access Synergy.

User name and password can be obtain from the Library

  • EBSCO Host provides access to multidisciplinary databases such as Academic Search Premier (ASP), Econ-Lit, Business Source Premier, Education Resources Information Centre (ERIC).
  • These contains many articles in disciplines such as the social sciences,
  • humanities, education, computer sciences, engineering, language and linguistics, arts and literature, medical sciences, and ethnic studies.
  • These include articles from more than 3200 journals, many of which are full text. It provides full text access to scholarly peer reviewed journals, and also to popular magazines.
Remember you need a User ID and a Password to access EBSCO Host.
User name and password can be obtain from the Library
Centre has access to EBSCO and Blackwell Synergy databases through the Programme for the Enhancement of Research Information (PERI) which is initiated under the
International Network for the Availability for Scientific Publications (INASP), Oxford , UK .
Scopus Overview: What is it?

Scopus is the largest abstract and citation database of research literature and quality web sources. It's designed to find the information scientists need. Quick, easy and comprehensive, Scopus provides superior support of the literature research process. Updated daily, Scopus offers.

  • 15,000 peer-reviewed journals from more than 4,000 publishers
  • Over 1000 Open Access journals
  • 500 conference proceedings
  • Oover 600 trade publications
  • 33 million abstracts
  • Results from 386 million scientific web pages
  • 21 million patent records from 5 patent offices
  • Seamless links to full-text articles and other library resources
  • Innovative tools that give an at-a-glance overview of search results and refine them to the most relevant hits
  • Alerts to keep you up-to-date on new articles matching your search query, or by favorite author
  • Scopus is the easiest way to get to relevant content fast. Tools to sort, refine and quickly identify results help you focus on the outcome of your work. You can spend less time mastering databases and more time on research
Palgrave Macmillan offer a combined portfolio of 30 peer-reviewed e-journals.
Online eCollections in the areas of Social Sciences and the Humanities. The new eCollections have been sourced from the highly-regarded publishing heritage of imprints such as Routledge, RoutledgeFalmer, UCL Press, Garland and Taylor & Francis.
The Journals Division publishes journals and serials in a wide range of disciplines, including several journals that were the first scholarly publications in their respective fields.
NISC, through PERI provides access to the following 5 databases all with relevance to Africa, please click on the titles below to take you to more information
  • African HealthLine
  • Africa-Wide: NiPAD
  • Fish & Fisheries Worldwide
  • Water Resources Worldwide
  • AIDS Search
Caliber is the online journals hosting service of University of California Press. Designed to meet the research needs of scholars, researchers, and students, Caliber holds the content for most journals published by UC Press.
Access to 67 titles delivering a wide variety of content in humanities, medicine, the sciences and law. Includes titles which are in the highest ISI ranks.
Search Walter de Gruyter

Open Access Databases

This service covers free, full text, quality controlled scientific and scholarly journals. We aim to cover all subjects and languages. There are now 3054 journals in the directory. Currently 993 journals are searchable at article level. As of today 167867 articles are included in the DOAJ service.
dLIST is a cross-institutional, subject-based, open access digital archive for the Information Sciences, including Archives and Records Management, Library and Information Science, Information Systems, Museum Informatics, and other critical information infrastructures.
Service type
Current Awareness from tables of contents and abstracts. Some full text online. Print subscriptions to individual journals (subscription details online). Document Delivery through photocopy (sent by airmail), fax and email.

Tables of contents and abstracts of over 250 African journals with document delivery.

Subject strengths
AJOL offers the tables of contents and abstracts from journals published in Africa in most disciplines.

Service strengths

  • Clean interface for intuitive and fast navigation
  • Tables of contents and abstracts freely available
  • No requirement for registration to access the online content
  • Simple document ordering process
  • African-based journals reporting African and international research.
  • Email table of contents alerting
  • Archival information
  • Back issues available for some journals up to 10 years.

The site does not require registration (unless individuals wish to sign up for email table of contents alerts, or to order document delivery).

This is a very valuable resource and should be downloadable quicker than through the internet