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Useful Databases For Coursework

Kristina Kondakova and her choice of usefull sources of information.

Useful Databases For Coursework

Not every source is trustworthy and not all the websites might be used in our coursework. Using the Internet and computers, smartphones and so on, even though they are getting faster and better all the time, it's a challenge to deal with gigabytes of data, terabytes of data and extracting the relevant information. Sometimes it seems to us that we get crushed by them. Finding a reliable database is a main part of our coursework or, at least, a half of it.

There was a time when students had to lug stacks of books around to complete their research papers. Comparing with all work that our parents had to do we are the winners: today, nearly limitless online databases eliminate this burden. However, not every source is trustworthy and not all the websites might be used in our coursework. Using the Internet and computers, smartphones and so on, even though they are getting faster and better all the time, it's a challenge to deal with gigabytes of data, terabytes of data and extracting the relevant information. Sometimes it seems to us that we get crushed by them.

So, finding a reliable database is a main part of our coursework or, at least, a half of it.

Bibliographic databases contain descriptions of publications, such as journal articles, book chapters, conference proceedings and reports.

Multidisciplinary databases:

  • WUR Library Search offers articles, books, journals and other types of publications
  • JSTOR offers indexing and abstracts as well as full-text and scholarly sources, contains books and primary sources. The database offers both the usual search options along with a subject browse tool for the wide range of areas.
  • ProQuest Research Library offers indexing and abstracts as well as full-text and scholarly sources, contains popular. Specific subjects range from business to education to humanities to sciences. This database supports interdisciplinary searches providing a good starting point for subject-specific searches.
  • Web of Science offers indexing and abstracts for sources. It offers links to full-text availability from other sources—either directly from the publishers (at cost) or through a library’s OpenURL connector to other databases. It also integrates EndNote Web for managing articles and references online.
  • Киберленинка offers articles, journals and other types of publications. This database supports interdisciplinary searches providing a good starting point for subject-specific searches and high-quality information for scholars and students.

Subject-specific databases:

  • CAB Abstracts (agriculture)
  • SciFinder (chemistry)
  • ABI/Inform (management studies)
  • ScienceDirect (science & technology)
  • PsycINFO (behavioral sciences & mental health studies)
  • History Reference Center (history research) etc.

How to start searching?

Access the database by clicking on its title. Every database has its own features, e.g. regarding the use of wildcards, phrase searching and availability of an index or thesaurus. Read the help file of each database to find out the specific options.

HSE University databases

HSE provides a lot of libraries and an electronic library too (https://library.hse.ru/en/subdiv).

Rules of registration are available here: https://library.hse.ru/en/reg_library.

Our university has a subscription to almost all journals in economics and finance. The Higher School of Economics subscribes to the virtually complete set of journals in the areas of finance and economics. In particular, the following collections are available at https://library.hse.ru/en/e-resources/

Text by
Kristina Kondakova