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Research: Database searching - how to

A centralised repository of information to help those undertaking research especially at Postgraduate level


Below are links to explanatory notes and videos on how to search Ara research databases.  

What are databases and why you need them

In this video a Yavapai College student explains the benefits of using library databases for research over searching the web. [2.34 minutes]

Cochrane Library

Joanna Briggs

Guides to using Ara Databases

  • Find an article in a database (EBSCO) [PDF] [Video]
  • Find a Standard in Standards New Zealand database [PDF]
  • How to access O'Reilly eBooks [formerly Safari ebooks] [PDF]
  • Using Gale Academic OneFile database [PDF]
  • Using eTV [PDF]
  • Using Proquest Central database [PDF]
  • Using Joanna Briggs database [Video]
  • Using Ovid nursing database [PDF] 
  • Using Science Direct database [PDF]
  • Using LinkedIn Learning [PDF]
  • What is a peer-reviewed article [PDF]
  • Using Google Scholar and more [PDF]
  • What are primary and secondary sources [PDF]
  • Troubleshooting access to databases [PDF]


Database provider EBSCO provides us with eleven databases. These include Art Full Text, Australia/New Zealand Reference Centre, Business Source Complete, CINAHL and more   


LinkedIn Learning (Formerly

Using Primo Library Search

  • Using Primo Library Search [PDF] [Video]
  • How to find an article in my reading list [PDF] [Video]
  • How to request an item [PDF] [Video]
  • How to access a Proquest eBook [PDF] [Video]
  • How to download a Proquest eBook to my own device [PDF]
  • How to renew items on loan [PDF] [Video]
  • How to pin items to your favourites using Primo Library search [PDF]
  • Accessing eBooks on the Vital Source platform [PDF]
  • Accessing eBooks on the Cambridge University platform [PDF]
  • Accessing an O'Reilly ebook [PDF]

You can see all our Library video tutorials in our blog.

Gale Cengage

Database provider Gale Cengage provides us with twenty databases. These include Academic OneFile, General OneFile, Opposing Viewpoints in Context and Science in Context and more


Oxford University Press Online