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Economics and Finance: Databases

Accessing databases

All the databases accessible to UKZN staff and students are available under the 'Resources' option on the black toolbar of the Library page.


Interlibrary loans

If an article you need is not available in our databases, contact your subject librarian and we will do a double-check. You can submit an article request to: Be sure to put in FULL details of the item you want; not just a DOI or url. Include your name, department, student number etc.

Database guides

What is a database?

Online indexes are databases of bibliographic records. These databases can be full text or abstracts. Databases cover books and other formats, but the primary reason to use an online database is to identify articles in journals and magazines. Important note: databases are either discipline specific or multidisciplinary. Sabinet is a database that focuses on  South African publications. It is important for you as the researcher to establish which databases best suit your field of study.


Searching the databases:

  • In most databases, a simple keyword search includes the article title, the author, and assigned subject terms. It might also include the text of an abstract, content notes, and more.
  • In most databases, you can limit your search to a particular field of the record using a pull-down menu.

Some multidisciplinary databases

South African databases

Sabinet is a collection of South African publications including South African journals. the journals are divided into two basic collections. The two large journal collections are: Index to SA Periodicals - an index only; and SA e publications containing articles available full text.


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Interlibrary loans

Intercampus loans

If a journal article is not accessible, you may request it via the url: Note that you must create a 'My library account' because if the article comes from another SA library you will be directed to access it from your account.

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