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This guide contains a full list of UKZN subscribed databases arranged alphabetically by name. Some of the databases provides free access to the content. Search databases for journal articles and citations by using the Alphabetical list below or the Subjec
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What is a database?

Databases are collections of references to journal articles, chapters in books, book reviews, conference proceedings, reports and in some cases, theses and dissertations.

In many cases databases include the full text of journal articles. Access to these databases is paid for by the University.

In some cases only the abstract is available. In this case, you will need to search World Cat Local ('Search all' tab)  to see if the journal is available in UKZN library in print.
If the library does not subscribe to the journal you will need to get a copy of the article from another institution by using the Inter Library Loan facility.
Databases A-Z provides links to all of UKZN's subscription databases.

How do I access databases from off Campus?

Use the Off-campus Access link if you are not on campus.

  • You will need a valid LAN username and password to access databases from off-campus.  This refers to the username and password you use to access the computers on campus.
  • For more information on accessing UKZN library e-resources from off-campus, consult our FAQ's


Online databases

Online databases are most useful for finding articles when you do not know in which journals articles are published.
Some databases are multidisciplinary and cover a wide range of subjects e.g. Proquest, and Academic Search Complete via EbscoHost; while others are subject specific, covering a particular subject or discipline e.g. PsycInfo via EbscoHost.
Other databases are limited to particular geographic areas, Sabinet covers Africa, particularly Sub-Saharan Africa.

Open access journal databases

Some examples:

Directory of Open Access Journals

  • DOAJ : Directory of Open Acess Journals
    The DOAJ aims to be comprehensive and cover all open access scientific and scholarly journals that use a quality control system to guarantee the content. In short, the DOAJ aims to be THE one stop shop for users of open access journals.
  • Taylor & Francis Online: Taylor & Francis Open
    Taylor & Francis and Routledge currently publish a number of pure open access journals. All of the articles in these journals are published open access. The articles in these journals receive both rigorous peer-review and expedited online publication.
  • Sabinet Open Access Journals
    The collection currently comprises 46 South African journals, which may be searched individually, and provides immediate access to the PDF versions of 6 000+ full-text articles.
  • SciELO
    The Scientific Electronic Library Online; an initiative for developing countries, originated in Brazil and includes many South African journals

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