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Using Databases A-Z

Find the best library database for your research

The Databases A-Z is an alphabetical list of platforms and websites. Generically called databases, users can find information of diverse types and formats. Some databases provide full text access; others offer abstracts or bibliographic information. Most database content surfaces in MetSearch. However, there are some art websites, statistics and legal information sets which may not display in MetSearch.

All the databases in the Databases A-Z can be searched individually by title, subject, or school, to find different types of information sources that you can use for your assignments and research. The databases available include content such as ejournals, ebooks, newspaper articles, reports, images, video and more.

All the information and content from the Databases A-Z is available via remote electronic access. Under each database is a short description of its content. Click on the database name to access the database you would like to search. You can filter databases by Subject or by School, or you can use the search box to search database descriptions.

Star Tip! Look out for the databases most frequently used by Cardiff Met students, where you see this sign:

Star Tip! Look out for databases that are newly acquired or being evaluated for a future subscription by the Library, where you see these signs:

Databases for literature searches

If you are searching for journal articles for an academic assignment or a literature review, you can search one of the multi-discipline databases such as Scopus or ProQuest Central. These databases can be searched for journal articles on a range of subject areas.

Databases for specific subject areas

There are several databases available for different subject areas covering journal articles and other really useful information resources. Some databases that are suitable for subject-focused study include:

  • Art & Design – Art Full Text, Vogue Archive, Worth Global Style Network
  • Business & Management – Business Source Complete, Emerald Management Xtra
  • Education – Arts & Humanities Full-Text, Education Research Complete, Literature Online, Drama Online
  • Health Sciences – Anatomy.TV, Cochrane Library, Embase, Medline (via OVID), PsycARTICLES, PsycINFO
  • Law & Policing – Lexis+ UK, Westlaw UK, HeinOnline, Law Trove
  • Sport – SPORTDiscus, SportBusiness, Human Kinetics Library, McGraw Hill Clinical Sports Medicine Collection
  • Technology – ACM Digital Library, IEEE Xplore Digital Library, O’Reilly

Publisher databases

Search for articles using the Publisher’s database platforms. These include:

  • Cambridge University Press Journals (Cambridge Core)
  • SAGE Journals
  • Springer Journals
  • Nature
  • Oxford University Press Journals
  • Science Direct Freedom Collection
  • Taylor & Francis Journals
  • Wiley Online Library

Browse journal titles

BrowZine allows you to access and browse ejournals from different publishers in one simple interface, keeping you up to date with scholarly information for your chosen subject area(s). With BrowZine you can build your own personalised Academic Bookshelf of ejournals, save articles to read offline, set up alerts for content updates in individual titles, and download citations to reference managers such as Zotero and RefWorks.

See our BrowZine guide for more information on how to download and use it.

Ebook databases

If you are looking for Ebook Collections, you can search them individually.

Ebook Central is our biggest ebook database and includes access to the Academic Complete collection.

Law Trove is a collection of key law textbooks from Oxford University Press.

O'Reilly contains ebooks and other resources in the subject areas of computing, mathematics and engineering.

For primary texts, try ProQuest One Literature, which contains the full text of thousands of works of poetry, drama and prose.

VLeBooks provides full text access to ebooks across all subject areas.

Statistics and standards

For many topics you need information such as statistics, company reports or standards. These can be found on the following databases, amongst others:

  • British Standards Online
  • DataGardener
  • FitchConnect
  • Mintel
  • Occupational Health and Safety Information Service
  • Statista


The University also subscribes to image databases to support educational use. These include:

  • Berg Fashion Library
  • Bridgeman Education
  • Carl Giles Digital Archive
  • CFile
  • Vogue Archive
  • Worth Global Style Network

Please be sure to check the copyright guidance / terms and conditions carefully before you reproduce any images for any other purpose. For further guidance on Copyright and Licensing, consult the Library website or Contact Us.


There are a wide range of audio-visual databases available with resources useful to support your studies.

For Education and Drama check out BBC Shakespeare Archive and Literature Online for poetry and plays, as well as Teacher’s TV - a collection of 3,500+ education videos.

Box of Broadcasts (BoB) is the on-demand TV and radio service for education.

Check out HSTalks: The Business & Management Collection, a multimedia resource for teaching and learning.


For newspaper articles you can search European Newsstream database for full text of major UK news publications. We also have access to the Financial Times Online and Times Digital Archive

Research methods

SAGE Research Methods Foundations provides an introduction to methods and research terms for those who are new to research in general or to a particular method.

For advice and referencing guidelines use Cite Them Right Online, a popular referencing textbook for creating your citations. Also check out the Oxford English Dictionary Online database.