FAQ

What is the best database for my subject?

Wageningen UR Library offers access to bibliographic databases. These databases contain descriptions of journal articles, book chapters, conference proceedings and reports. Often, but not always, you will be directed to the full text of an article.

What is a bibliographic database?
Wageningen UR Library offers access to bibliographic databases. These databases contain descriptions of journal articles, book chapters, conference proceedings and reports. Often, but not always, you will be directed to the full text of an article. Global Search, Scopus and Web of Science are databases which cover all sciences. CAB-Abstracts (agriculture), SciFinder (chemistry) and ABI/Inform (management studies) are examples of subject-specific databases.

How to find the best database for your subject
All databases are shown at ‘Browse collections’. Here you can browse for a suitable database by using the ‘filter by subject’, and refine for a more specific subject. A list with suitable databases will be shown, the amount of stars gives an indication how useful the database is for your subject. Go to ‘more info’ to find extra information about the database (abstract, descriptors etc).

Start searching
You access the database by clicking on the title. Every database has its own features, e.g. the use of wild cards, phrase searching and availability of an index or thesaurus. So please read the help file of each database to find out the specific options.

Off-campus access
When you work off-campus you always have to log in via My Library.
If you want to consult a database off campus, it is important that you go to the databases via the Library website. To obtain the full text of publications off-campus you need to be logged in.

More features
You can save your search question or create an alert. Set up an alert if you want to stay up-to-date on a subject. If you want to use these options, you first have to register for each database separately. Consult the help file of the database to find out how.
Results can be exported to EndNote or other reference management software.