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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]

AI Tools for Research

Find below a range of AI driven search tools to support your academic research.  Note these search tools may not find full text articles but you can search for any article title without full text in our Library Search box to see if it is in one of our databases or you can paste the details of any article into Ask Live and a librarian can also check for its availability for you.

Cochrane Library

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]
  • How to access Vital Source ebooks [PDF]
  • Template example for search strategies to use in databases [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 Pubmed [Video]
  • Using Pubmed, CINAHL, Proquest & Ovid to find MeSH headings [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]
  • Clearing your cache in Chrome, Edge, Safari and Firefox [Website]


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

Joanna Briggs

Using Library Search

  • Using Library Search [PDF] [Video]
  • Find journal articles using Library Search [PDF]
  • 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 Library search [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