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Database & Article Searching: OTAGO POLYTECHNIC

This page lists articles databases. Use them to search collections of e-journals, newspapers, magazines, reports, dissertations and sometimes ebooks and videos as well. You can often access the entire article (the full text) and download it. Alternatively, you’ll get access to the full citation and abstract. Log in to the databases with your network or moodle username and password.

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Architecture, Building & Engineering

Career and Technical Education: Science & Technology
Journal articles, trade and consumer publications on: trade & industry, technical resources, careers & vocations in science and technology.

Engineering Source
Targeted towards engineering professionals, this database provides access to information on all areas and types of engineering (mostly international in scope).

ProQuest Research Library: Science & Technology
Journal articles, trade publications and consumer publications on the following subjects: Agriculture, Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Materials Science, Computing, Engineering.

Covers all aspects of human impact to the environment. Includes scholarly, government and general-interest titles on topics such as: global warming, green building, pollution, sustainable agriculture, renewable energy, recycling, and more.


Art & Design

Art Abstracts
Art periodicals and peer reviewed journals, art dissertations, art reproductions back to 1984. It covers subjects from fine, decorative and commercial art to photography, film and architecture.

DAAI (Design and Applied Arts Index)
Journal articles, news and reviews on all manner of design topics (e.g. from fashion to architecture to garden design).  In most cases the results will provide a citation and article summary.

Oxford Art Online
An online encyclopedia of Art and Art History topics that includes an extensive image library.


Business, Hospitality & Tourism

Includes company and market information, business news, academic research, business journals, working papers and economic data.

Hospitality & Tourism Index
Academic journals, trade magazines and newspapers on subjects related to culinary arts, hospitality, food and beverage management and tourism and leisure. In most cases the database results will provide a citation and article summary.

Contains worldwide company data.


General (multiple subject areas)

Encylopaedia Britannica
Online encyclopedia of articles, biographies, videos, images, and web sites.

Gale Databases
Search across the many database collections offered by Gale Cengage or choose to search within a single collection. Subjects include: business, current affairs, economics, health, history, life sciences, psychology, physical sciences, social sciences, sports studies, technology, vocation and careers, politics and popular culture.

General OneFile
Search across a collection of 8,000 titles that include reference publications, newspapers and audio recordings. Most of them are available in full text.

Google Scholar
Google Scholar can filter your web search results to peer-reviewed, scholarly and academic content. Results with Otago Poly Article Link have access to through the Library databases.

ProQuest Central
Subjects include: business, education, health, computing, science, technology, engineering, arts, medicine, and religion.

Taylor and Francis Polytechnic journal package
Search across a selection of Taylor & Francis academic journals on a wide range of subject areas. Some results will allow full access. Others will be abstract only.



CINAHL Complete (Cumulative Index to Nursing & Allied Health Literature)
Contains scholarly/academic/peer-reviewed health journals in all health areas, including Nursing, Occupational Therapy and Midwifery. Access and download evidence based care sheets and articles on a variety of health topics.

Cochrane Library
Access to systematic reviews and clinical trials on a variety of health topics. Some reviews are freely available and for others there is a citation and abstract.

Health & Wellness Resource Center & Alternative Health Module
Medical reference titles, health and medical journals, pamphlets, health-related videos and articles from general interest publications.

Joanna Briggs Institute EBP Database (via Ovid)
Access the evidence based practice documents in the Joanna Briggs midwifery, nursing and allied health collection.  The collection includes evidence summaries, systematic reviews, consumer information sheets, technical reports and best practice information sheets.

Nursing Reference Center
A collection evidence-based care sheets (summaries of what is known about a disease or condition and the best treatment options), patient education handouts, drug information and cultural competency information.

Provides access to CATs (critically appraised topics) and CAPs (critically appraised papers) related to occupational therapy interventions. Results will include a link to the full text if they are in freely available online.

OT Seeker
Abstracts of systematic reviews, randomised controlled trials and other resources relevant to Occupational Therapy interventions. Results may include a link to the full text if they are in freely available online.

Physiotherapy Evidence Database of records for over 31,000 randomised trials, systematic reviews and clinical practice guidelines in physiotherapy. PEDro provides the citation details, the abstract and a link to the full text, if it the document is freely available online.

ProQuest Health & Medicine
Search across a wide range of general health, allied health and medical magazines, journals and references sources (such as the Pharmaceutical News Index). The Nursing & Allied Health database, listed below, is included in this collection.

ProQuest Nursing & Allied Health Source
Access reliable healthcare information related to nursing, midwifery, allied health and alternative and complementary medicine. Many articles can be downloaded as PDFs and for others you should get the abstract (or summary).

ProQuest Psychology Journals
This online collection covers all the psychology disciplines, including how psychology relates to areas such as: healthcare, social services, human services, social welfare, business and economics, communication, criminology, addiction, neurology and more.

Access to citations and abstracts of millions of health, allied health, medical and biomedical journals and online books. Results may include links to the full text if they are freely available online. This freely available database is maintained by the US National Library of Medicine.

PubMedCentral (PMC)
This database covers the same subject areas as PubMed but its results are restricted to those that are open access / freely available online.



Gardening, Landscape and Horticulture Collection
Provides access to academic journals and magazines focused on studies in horticulture - the practical aspects and the scientific theory.


Information Technology & Computing

ACM Digital Library
Search ACM computing and IT publications since the 1950s. The database also includes publications from Conferences and Special Interest groups.

ProQuest Computing
Search across a collection of computing journals. Full text access to articles is available.

Proquest Telecommunications
Search across a collection of telecommunications industry magazines, journals, and newsletters. Full text access to articles is available.

Safari Tech Books Online
This ebook collection is primarily made up of IT and computing manuals.  These ebooks cannot be downloaded but they can be viewed online.


New Zealand & the Pacific

Australia New Zealand Reference Centre
Contains a full text collection of domestic (AUS and NZ) and international journals, popular magazines, newspapers and reference books. This database also includes an image collection of photos, maps, and flags.

Bridget Williams Books Treaty of Waitangi Collection
This ebook collection provides a new and authoritative home for Treaty scholarship online, with more books to be added over time.

A publicly available index from the National Library of New Zealand publications or information about New Zealand. No full text - references and abstracts only.

Index New Zealand
Search for articles in approx 1000 New Zealand magazines, academic journals, trade journals and newspapers from the 1950s to the present day. Full text access is rare - usually citation and abstracts only.

Research outputs of NZ polytechnics and universities.  Many of the results can be downloaded as PDFs. The research outputs available include: theses, conference papers and posters, journal articles, reports, creative works, working and discussion papers and book chapters.

Te Ara Encyclopedia of New Zealand
A guide to New Zealand’s peoples, natural environment, history, culture, economy and society.

Te Puna Search
Search the collections of New Zealand libraries and link through to their catalogues (where possible). Items held at other NZ libraries can often be requested using the Library Interloan Service.

Sport & Adventure

Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine Collection
Provides access to academic journals and magazines covering the fields of fitness and sports.

SPORTDiscus with Fulltext
A database dedicated to sports studies and sports psychology and medicine. Most results have full text access.


Veterinary Nursing & Animal Health

New Zealand Veterinary Nursing Library
New Zealand and Australian veterinary and animal science publications. Some results are available in full text and others are citation and abstract only.

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