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Searching the literature

Find out which resources are best for your literature search. This guide will also tell you abstract and citation databases, repositories and open access tools, how to keep up to date and how to choose a citation management tool.

Searching for information

Selecting databases to search

Bond University Library provides access to full-text articles from over 22000 journals in hundreds of databases.

Find a database by subject:
Find a database by name

To search for a particular journal. use the A-Z Journals List.

The quickest way to search for journal articles is to use Library Search (also available from the search box on the library homepage). Library Search searches over 50 of our databases simultaneously, but it does miss some key databases (PubMed/Medline, PsycInfo, legal databases etc.) so it should be used in conjunction with other databases. This video will show you how to search Library Search:

Developing your search strategy

Tools for citation searching

When you find a key paper in your field of research you should look at its reference list for other relevant papers. You can also search for papers that have cited the key paper. There are 3 main sources of citation data that can be used for this purpose.

Searching for grey literature

Depending on your field of research, grey literature may be an important source. Grey literature means information sources which haven't been published commercially, including reports, conference papers and theses. The tools below are useful for finding grey literature.

Web searches. Many unpublished documents produced recently can be found on the web in pdf format. Using Google you can add filetype:pdf to the end of your search to find only pdf documents.

Theses. To find theses see the information on this page.

WorldCat and Trove also provide access to the records found in OAIster.